Eni, in its role as main sponsor, participated in Yenikapi, a symposium on architecture, infrastructure and archaeology held in Istanbul from 11 to 13 September 2011 and organised by the Politecnico di Milano and the Istanbul Technical University
The focus was on the transformation and sustainable development of the strategic crossroads that is the Yenikapi quarter, part of the heritage of UNESCO and the arrival point of  ”Marmaray’, the undersea   tunnel that connects the Asian and European parts of the city, transporting one and a half million people every day by train. 

Last year the project was included among the works of interest of Istanbul, in its role as the European Capital of Culture 2010.
During the symposium a preview was given of the use of a smartphone and augmented reality to allow citizens to make an experimental map of the sites where archaeological finds have been made during the construction of the tunnel and the Yenikapi metro station.
The finds turned out to be of extraordinary importance: in addition to 35 wrecks of Roman ships, along with thousands of vases, urns and various other utensils, Byzantine chapels, cisterns, skeletons and footprints, the remains of the port from the time of the Emperor Theodosius was also discovered. Even more surprising was the theory that the origins of Istanbul go back not, as previously thought, to 2500 BC but to 8000BC, as suggested by the layers uncovered from the Neolithic period.
The initiative received the support of the municipality of Fatih, one of the most densely populated areas of Istanbul (with a resident population of 450,000 and the passage of some 2 million people during the day) and certainly the most interesting in terms of its historical and architectural heritage.
Participating at the symposium were a number of international experts from the US (Columbia University NY, New York Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, World Bank), Italy (Politecnico di Milano, Universita’ di Ferrara), Spain (Alcala’ de Henares, Madrid), France (Arep, Paris),  and from Turkey itself (Istanbul Technical University, Sabanci University).
As part of the initiative, an exhibition about the project opened on 12 September in the basilica of Saint Irene, a building commissioned by the Emperor Constantine in the IV century AD and where he was later to announce the foundation of the New Rome in 330 AD.
Urban design plans for the development of the area were displayed, along with photographs and the projection of films, including a documentary by Giuseppe Ferrara about the industrial development in the 1960s of the town of Gela, which shares with Yenikapi the enormous impact on the territory and the profound transformation of a developing urban area. The exhibition and the symposium will also be documented in a book.
The position of Istanbul, a metropolis where east and west are forced meet, explains the importance of the city over the centuries and during all the civilisations that have inhabited it. And importance that Istanbul maintains also in the present for the role it can play in facilitating the dialogue between European and American cultures and the Arab world, thanks to being a secular democracy in an Islamic society.
By sponsoring the Yenikapi project, Eni once again demonstrated its sensitivity to the enhancement of cultural heritage, the link with the territory and the principles of sustainability in a country, such as Turkey, where it has commercial interests and where the company can guarantee, among other things, through the Blue Stream Pipeline Co. to meet a quarter of the demand for natural gas across the entire country.
The other sponsors of the project include: the Turkish bank Yapi Kredi (50% controlled by Unicredit). Technical support was also provided by Samsung and Vodafone.
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