Ceren Sezer won the Routledge Prize for her poster entitled “Transformation of Gecekondu Areas and Housing the Urban Poor in Istanbul” at the ISOCARP Congress Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2010. The jury members of this competition were:  Jeremy Dawkins (University of Technology Sydney),  Irene Keino (Eco Plan Management Limited, Kenya) and Bert Smolders (urban planner at ARCADIS and co-chair of the UN-HABITAT Private Partners Group).

The jury report for this prize is as follows:

“Thirty-three posters were entered for the Routledge Prize and were exhibited at the ISOCARP Congress Exhibition.  The posters were highly individual in their style and approach.  All of them are relevant to the theme of the Congress, and each addresses a subject of significance to the author. All of this makes it difficult to judge them and even more difficult to arrive at a winner.  Nevertheless, previous juries had assessed the YPP posters against a set of consistent criteria and this year’s jury adopted the same general criteria.  We expressed the criteria as follows. Firstly, and most importantly, the technical content – the information, data, arguments and ideas presented in the poster – and its alignment with the theme of the Congress, its inherent interest, its originality and the potential for application. Secondly, the use of the poster as a medium of communication – to attract interest and to effectively convey information and ideas – resulting in a graphically attractive poster.

The winner
Scoring consistently well on all criteria was the poster by Ceren Sezer, who is the winner of this year’s Routledge prize.

Honourable mention
Many other posters demonstrated excellent research on important issues, originality of topic and/or approach, and good potential for making a difference in the real world.  We congratulate the authors for their work and commitment, and in particular make honourable mention of the posters of Diane Archer and Muhammad Adeel.

There were many posters which used graphic design to good effect, to attract interest in the subject matter, to convey impressions and feelings, and to present the information well.  We congratulate those who achieved these results, and in particular make honourable mention of the posters of Cerere Njeri and Margaret Marcharia.

People’s choice
Primarily to encourage delegates to visit the exhibition and to read these interesting and diverse posters, delegates were invited to vote for the poster they liked best.  This vote was entirely separate from the judging of the Routledge Prize, which took place prior to the counting of the votes.  The clear winner of the People’s Choice prize was Cerere Njeri.”

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