The Anthropocene and Disasters: Near Future, Will It Come?




Anthropocene, urban planning, future, disaster, catastrophe


The Anthropocene Epoch can be characterized not as the increasing effect of humans/cities on the continental soil but as a temporal section in which the planet’s surface, the atmosphere, oceans, and nutrient cycle systems began to be changed/dominated by humans/urban. Together with the urbanization trend, the impact of cities and people is the driving force that started the Anthropocene Epoch. Global problems began to emerge with increasing trends, and irreversible disaster scenarios such as climate change, sixth mass extinction, biological destruction, and disasters were brought to the agenda. The increase in the diversity, frequency, and intensity of disasters increases the vulnerability and exposure of cities and people to different hazards, triggering disasters or making them worse. Events resulting from the Anthropocene Epoch "will the near future come?" also raises questions. For this reason, this study was created based on the assumption that the "Anthropocene Epoch includes disasters and cities play the main role here". In the context of this study, the historical process of the Anthropocene Epoch will be discussed, and the role of cities in this process will be determined. Finally, it will be investigated what will await humanity and cities shortly and which issues should be addressed in cities will be focused on.


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Author Biographies

Sümeyye Kahraman, Suleyman Demirel University

Sümeyye Kahraman, received his bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning in 2015 and an MSc in city and regional planning in 2018 from Suleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Architecture. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Suleyman Demirel University. Major research interests include climate change, urban resilience, resilient city, Anthropocene and disaster.

Erkan Polat, Suleyman Demirel University

Prof. Dr. Erkan Polat, received his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning in 1994 and an MSc in urban and regional planning in 1998 from Gazi University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Earned his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning in 2002 from the same university. Currently works as a Professor at Suleyman Demirel University. His research interests include planning theories, urban geography, climate change, urban transport planning, urban resilience, Anthropocene and disaster.


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How to Cite

Kahraman, S., & Polat, E. (2023). The Anthropocene and Disasters: Near Future, Will It Come? . ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 11(2), 604–624.



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