March 3, 2022 - 11:00 am


March 3, 2022 - 1:00 pm

Older People and City Life: Participation and Access Challenges

UNIC Pop-Up CityLabs


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Discussion groups


  1. What kind of access problems do older adults have in urban life?
  2. What are the causes of the economic problems and poverty of older people?
  3. What are the causes of social exclusion and age discrimination?



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All participants (actively participating students and audience) please click the link for zoom invitation (Deadline: 3 March 2022, Thursday)


(The language of the workshop will be Turkish)


UNIC Pop-Up CityLabs



The European University of Post-Industrial CitiesUNIC – is an alliance of eight universities in post-industrial cities which all face similar challenges and opportunities in terms of mobility, inclusion and diversity. To contribute to the urban resilience and renaissance of post-industrial cities, we establish UNIC CityLabs!

As part of UNIC, UNIC Pop-Up CityLabs, are physical and virtual urban meeting places, where UNIC students, researchers and educators meet UNIC’s associate partners, local communities and stakeholders face to face to co-create innovative solutions to real-life societal challenges where they occur.

Within this context, the third KU Pop-Up CityLabs will be organized on March 3rd on the theme of “Older People and City Life: Participation and Access Challenges” where we will discuss the access challenges of older adults to the city. Following the discussion, participants will ideate to develop possibilities to increase their access of the city and city life itself.

Our ambition is to eradicate the strict borders between university and city to develop relevant solutions for pressing issues as well as provide students with a learning experience that is connected to and rooted in the actual challenges experienced in urban contexts. That is why,



You’re invited to be part of it!

The event will take place

on March 3rd, at 11.00-13.00 via Zoom.



March 3rd @ 11.00-13.00 (Online)


How to register?

To register, visit:



Who can join?

  • All Koc University students (Bachelors, Masters and PhDs) from all disciplines.
  • All Koc University academics
  • All Koc University staff can join.


  • You will have networking possibilities. Not only do you get a chance to work with students from other majors, you’ll also get a chance to network with academics, researchers, NGO members and city stakeholders
  • Remember, by joining the UNIC CityLabs event, you’ll also get a chance to be part of the UNIC alliance network and work with peers across all UNIC universities (Erasmus University Rotterdam; Koç University; Ruhr University of Bochum; University College Cork; University of Deusto; University of Liège; University of Oulu; University of Zagreb)

For more info on UNIC, please visit


What is UNIC CityLabs Vision?

CityLabs provide learning opportunities by bringing together different knowledge and know-how, creating spaces for knowledge co-production, fostering a dynamic connection between learning and doing, and changing the usual practices around urban sustainability between the government and academia. CityLabs are examples where the urban areas’ local issues can be experimented with knowledge co-production across government, academia, and other knowledge groups to develop new frameworks and know-how, necessary for urban sustainability. On the same line of thoughts, CityLabs are forums exclusively established to co-produce policy-relevant knowledge among relevant knowledge groups in academia and governing bodies. The symbolic notion of a laboratory pinpoints that CityLabs usually constrain their focus to a specific city, issue, or timeframe while exploring and producing different types of know-how to generate meaningful insights. Urban laboratories put together change processes and the necessity of practices and concepts, creating connections for the cities’ future visions to the politics and patterns of a better ‘tomorrow’.


Istanbul CityLab: The Third Local Challenge: Older People and City Life

UNIC CityLab are designed to work on specific challenges that our post-industrial cities face involving various issues such as urban resilience, climate-friendly cities, development, diversity and inclusion and many more. On yearly basis, every UNIC partnered university pick two challenges and work on these topics both locally and internationally.

For the first Pop-Up CityLabs, Istanbul CityLab focused on diversity and inclusion aspect since cities are on the frontline of efforts to foster the well-being of refugees and migrants. For the second theme, we focused on climate change and resilience aspect of the cities.



The 2-hour workshop will start with brief presentations led by academics and stakeholders on older people’s access to city and the importance of inclusivity. This will be followed by identifying challenges through a process of inductive interactive exchange based on a ‘station model’ across selected sub-topics to identify main challenges via the platform Google Jamboard. The language of the workshop will be Turkish.



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