istanbul living in exclusion

Istanbul Living in Voluntary and Involuntary Exclusion (2009) is a publication that brings maps, interviews, articles and case studies together on urban transformation processes and its impact on different social classes. To access the content below, right click and download the following link (30 mb.)  Diwan_Istanbul_Living_In_Exclusion



  1. […] Later amnesties for the gecekondu neighborhoods paved the way to a new urban process. Apartmentalization first began with the most accessible gecekondus; the less accessible ones were of lower material quality. Located on the periphery of Istanbul, especially after the Kartal Urban Transformation project of the Greater Municipality of Istanbul, the inhabitants of these neighborhoods now find themselves on the ‘most wanted list’ of the real estate market. High accessibility to sub-city centers, inspiring topography, attractive scenery and location in an earthquake safe zone provide Gülensu/Gülsuyu with a strong market pressure. Their resistance is due solely  to their still functioning solidarity networks. However, after apartmentalization, the solidarity networks have tended to dissolve. To a certain extent, religion (Alevilik) and political consciousness keep their network alive. What makes the market demands so overwhelming is the absence of any public programs concerning social sustainability. The authorities mostly serve as the moderator of the market and their complex financial models always ends up with the displacement of the local inhabitants. In one of the interviews, they expressed their discontent about the urban poor ‘occupying’ such a precious location. With such an immersion in neo-liberal policies, to advocate an alternative social agenda ensuring the ‘Right to the City’ for all urban dwellers should get the priority among urban issues. (See Istanbul Living in Voluntary and Involuntary Exclusion) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s