Research Topic: Developing a Management Plan for Understanding, Preserving and Presenting the Historical Underground Water Structure in Gaziantep
Dr.Uçar holds a PhD degree from Department of Architecture, Graduate Program in Restoration, METU in 2007. Currently, she is employed as an assistant professor at Mersin University, Department of Architecture.
At ANAMED she works on the historical water system in Gaziantep. The historical water supply system in Gaziantep is a large system, spreading out beneath the entire settlement. The main structure of the system is a tunnel referred to as the livas, which is a man-made tunnel with a self-supporting structure that works based on the gravitation. Livas system provides water to many mosques, baths, kastel, fountains as well as the wells and pools of the houses in the city. It is clear that the system dates back to the early times of the city, and has been added to over time in parallel with the growing settlement. The livas system in Gaziantep resembles a qanat system, and, as such, a part of the water culture that is said to be originated in Persia about 2,500 or 3,000 years ago. The water structure in Gaziantep has some unique characteristics, including its considerable size and its kastel buildings, which are also underground structures, at depths based on the level of the livas system. To this end, she aims to work on developing a management plan for the preservation and presentation of this historical water structure in Gaziantep.
To this end, she aims to work on developing a management plan for the preservation and presentation of this historical water structure in Gaziantep. Furthermore, she aims to identify all of the necessary components for the conservation of such a complex heritage asset, with the intention of addressing all architectural, archaeological, engineering and socio-cultural issues.