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Canal Istanbul: Mega Destruction of the Mega City

How to transform Istanbul into a bad copy of Dubai? Historically, and to some degree intentionally, urban expansion of Istanbul has mainly been confined to the East-West axis along the Southern coast. That makes sense from an urban ecological point of view, as the North mostly consists of natural reserve areas of the city, such as water … Continue reading

Striking Google Earth Imagery of Istanbul’s ‘Fill in the Blank’ Urbanism
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Striking Google Earth Imagery of Istanbul’s ‘Fill in the Blank’ Urbanism

The images below show urban transformation of Istanbul in the last 10 years. ‘Before and after’ satellite images from all around the city highlight the impact of construction based economy on Istanbul’s open / green urban spaces. From real estate developments to mega infrastructural projects, the appetite of the construction sector to grasp urban land has … Continue reading

Call for Support – Mayor opens a court case against an academic criticising his policies
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Call for Support – Mayor opens a court case against an academic criticising his policies

Petition: We are in solidarity with Ali Ekber Doğan  Ali Ekber Doğan, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration (Field of City and Environmental Sciences) in Mersin University, has shared his views on the municipal activities of the former Mayor of Tarsus -recently elected as the Mayor of Mersin-, with the press, which were … Continue reading

Alarm Over Istanbul’s Building Boom (NYTimes)
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Alarm Over Istanbul’s Building Boom (NYTimes)

Landon Thomas (May 20, 2014) from The New York Times reports on a possible bust of Turkish economy based on construction sector: ISTANBUL — “We are invading Istanbul again,” the real estate agent said enthusiastically as she ticked off the selling points of Turkey’s most ambitious development extravaganza to date: Maslak 1453. Named for the year this … Continue reading

Call for Application: PhD Colloquia
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Call for Application: PhD Colloquia

“Mahalle meets Stadtquartier” is an international exchange programme hosted by the Department of Architecture, Habitat Unit (Chair of International Urbanism and Design), TU Berlin, Germany, in cooperation with the Institute for Urban and Territorial Planning (INAU), Rabat; University of Tehran, Tehran; and Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the aim … Continue reading

security defined by a gated community project
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security defined by a gated community project

Ultimate security at Vadi Istanbul Vadi Istanbul is one of the many on-going gated community projects in Istanbul, putting great pressure on the ecological resources and infrastructural needs of the city. The multi-use project enjoys a prime location between the endangered Belgrad Forest and a highway directly connecting the project to the central business district. … Continue reading

Urban Ecological Crisis of Istanbul – A report by Sunday’s Zaman
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Urban Ecological Crisis of Istanbul – A report by Sunday’s Zaman

Scale of destruction in Istanbul forests increasingly visible 20 October 2013 /E. BARIŞ ALTINTAŞ, İSTANBUL One of the few projects that environmentalists say will be the end of İstanbul’s last green forests has been under way since June of this year, but the great extent of the damage already caused by the onslaught of the … Continue reading

#OccupyGezi: Setting Urban Enclosures on Fire
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#OccupyGezi: Setting Urban Enclosures on Fire

  Photo by Yaşar Adnan Adanalı – Tarlabaşı’s fences after the fire The AKP government came to power in 2002 in the aftermath of one of Turkey’s worst financial crises. Since then the government, has made urban and rural interventions at a grand scale to resolve the country’s capital surplus absorption problem. Today, after more … Continue reading

resisting the demolition of the famous emek cinema
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resisting the demolition of the famous emek cinema

Turkey Emek cinema protesters released after clash Four people detained during a protest against the closure of the famous Emek cinema in Istanbul on Sunday have been released pending a trial. The building housing the cinema is to be turned into a shopping centre. The renowned Greek-born director Costa-Gavras was among many filmmakers, actors and … Continue reading

criminalization of urban poverty by Turkish PM
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criminalization of urban poverty by Turkish PM

Urban sprawl hid and fed terrorism: Turkish PM Economic and social factors such as poverty, unemployment, bad housing and urban sprawl have been important factors that have fed terrorism year after year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in Istanbul today. Speaking during an event in Gazioşmanpaşa district to preside over the demolition of hundreds … Continue reading

legal transformation of the urban frontier
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legal transformation of the urban frontier

Nowadays, in parallel with the increasing weight of the construction sector in the Turkish economy, a large portion of print and visual ads promote real estate developers’ concept housing, residence and mall projects. Hundreds of such projects, large or small, not only promise urban consumers a new home, office and lifestyle complete with various attractions, … Continue reading

taksim project and economies of scale of urban transformation
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taksim project and economies of scale of urban transformation

The construction work for the Taksim Project had just started. You can find my article published in Trialog Journal on this project and its broader discursive framework here. THE REIGN OF ‘MADNESS’ IN ISTANBUL: ECONOMIES OF SCALE OF URBAN TRANSFORMATION Abstract: Istanbul is transforming. The city is turning global, becoming one of the nodal hubs that … Continue reading