Meeting of the Minds: Globalization and World City Network was held on 23 February 2018 in Istanbul with the participation of the academics and experts who work in the field of globalization in terms of economy, technology, spatial development, social dynamics, real estate market and architecture.

In the meeting, internal dynamics of the global cities, the main theories which represent the relations among the global cities and the current methodologies used in order to clarify these relations and the position and the future of the Istanbul among the other world cities were discussed in detail.

As a global group, the participants found the chance to discuss urbanization matters and learn many different aspects of globalization during the meeting. The topics discussed at the meeting in regards to Istanbul and Turkey were relevant topics and they also referred throughout the other world cities. The meeting was organized in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Aslı Ceylan Oner form Izmir Economy University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Architecture.

After the opening speech made by Mr. Lokman Cagirici, Vice President of MMU, Prof. Caglar Keyder made his keynote speech. In the first session “Quantitative and Qualitative Research Approaches in the World City Network” discussed with the moderation of Prof. Asuman Turkun. In the afternoon, the subject of “Globalization and Real Estate Markets in World Cities” and of “Globalization and the Image of the City” were handled with a global overview. Researchers from GaWC (Globalization and World Cities Network) Prof. Alain Thierstein, Assoc. Prof. Allan Watson, Prof. Ben Derudder, Prof. Kathy Pain, and Prof. Zeynep Enlil, Prof. Oguz Isik, Prof. Ali Turel, Prof. Asuman Turkun, Prof. Abdi Guzer, Assoc. Prof. Asli Ceylan Oner from various prestigious universities in Turkey contributed to the meeting with their studies.

Although the symposium focused on academic research, it developed a platform on the chance for discussion with other stakeholders from local governments, NGOs, and practitioners.