7 th international seminar on vernacular settlements re-assessing vernacular architecture : theories and practices traditions, identities and globalization ısvs-7 15-17 october 2014 istanbul technical university, turkey The new world order under the influence of globalization has imposed strenuous new conditions upon the local vernacular settlements. For instance, an unprecedented scale of migrations across the globe has brought hitherto secluded communities and places in contact with ever changing new cultures and practices. Economic dynamics such as neo-liberalization have also global impacts on the changing world. Moreover, global issues such as climate change, increasing natural/man-made disasters, and sustainability have demanded new ways of thinking and doing things. Undeniably, re-thinking and re-assessment of vernacular has become critical for our engagements with the vernacular settlements in both academia and practice.