DOCOMOMO Turkey, which was formed within the body of DOCOMOMO (DOcumentation and COnservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the MOvement), an international organization established in 1990 in order to attract public attention to modernism that came to the fore in the 20th century to "document and protect products of modern architecture, design and urban planning". The working group was established in 2002 and thus an initiative was initiated to document and preserve modern architecture examples in Turkey. It is observed that similar initiatives of universities, the Chamber of Architects and various architectural publications have gained momentum in recent years. A comprehensive documentation study aiming to go beyond the boundaries of the existing literature will play an active role in better understanding and preserving the architecture of the period.
DOCOMOMO_Turkey National Working Group aimed to initiate such a study with broad participation with the Poster Presentations titled “Local Expansions of Modernism in Turkish Architecture”, which was first hosted by METU Faculty of Architecture in 2004. The second of this event was held in Ahmet Piriştina City Archive and Museum with the support of the Izmir Chamber of Architects in 2005, the third at Erciyes University in Kayseri in 2007, the fourth at Uludağ University in Bursa in 2008, and the fifth in Diyarbakır in 2009, The sixth at Anadolu University in Eskişehir in 2010, the seventh at Mersin University in Mersin in 2011, the eighth at Kocaeli University in Izmit in 2012, the ninth at Akdeniz University in 2013, and the tenth in 2014 in Erzurum Atatürk University, the eleventh at Abant İzzet Baysal University in Bolu in 2015, the twelfth at Ondokuz Mayıs University in Samsun in 2016, the thirteenth at Balıkesir University in Balıkesir in 2017, and the fourteenth at Bülent Ecevit University in Zonguldak in 2018. The fifteenth of the Poster Presentations will be held at Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University on 10-12 May 2019.
It is hoped that besides popularizing the documentation and registration work targeted by the DOCOMOMO initiative with Poster Presentations, which have gained continuity with intense participation, significant progress will be achieved in the direction of announcing and sharing the initiative to draw attention to the modern architectural heritage in our country. For detailed information, see. www.docomomo-tr.org