(Global Metro Monitor 2010)
You can find and download various reports on Istanbul below. UN AGFE Report (2009) mainly documents the right to housing situation in the city and the threat of forced evictions as of summer of 2009. UNESCO reports (2006, 2008, 2009) focus on the threats on the World Heritage Site of Istanbul due to urban transformation related reasons. OECD Report (2008) portrays overall dynamics behind the rapid growth of the city and the drivers for becoming a global city. Global Metro Monitor (2010) highlights Istanbul as the fastest recovering city in the world after the global crises.
UN AGFE Report on Istanbul (2009)
This report was prepared by the team mission members: Cihan Uzunçarili Baysal, from the AGFE pool of experts and the AGFE members Arif Hasan and Yves Cabannes who in addition, provided the final editing. The contributions made to this report by Yasar Adanali and Cassidy Johnson to the chapter analyzing and documenting the various cases visited are duly acknowledged.
From June 8th to 12 2009, the Advisory Group on Forced Evictions to the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT carried out a mission to Istanbul Metropolitan Region to address the problem of forced evictions.
Three typical situations were identified at that early stage: (i) Neighborhoods where projects have been approved by the Council of Ministers and where evictions have already started; (ii) Neighborhoods where projects have been approved but where evictions have not started, yet under high risk of eminent forced evictions and (iii) Neighborhoods not under immediate threat but still under risk . The visits were organized in order to cover each one of these typical situations.
Download the report – UN AGFE (2009)
UNESCO (2006, 2008, 2009)
Report of the Joint ICOMOS / UNESCO Expert Review Mission to the Historic Areas of Istanbul World Heritage Site 6th to 11th April 2006
The joint UNESCO-ICOMOS mission to Istanbul, Turkey, composed of five experts, was invited both by a joint letter of the Lord Mayor of Istanbul and the Governor of Istanbul dated 31 January 2006, and the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to UNESCO.
The Historic Areas of Istanbul was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 under cultural criteria C (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv). Since inscription, significant threats to the site have been identified, including demolition of Ottoman-period timber houses, the poor quality of repairs and excessive reconstruction of the Roman and Byzantine Walls, the potential negative effects of the construction of the Marmaray Rail Tube Tunnel and Gebze-Halkalı Surface Metro System, and damage to the structure and mosaics of Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia), partially due to earthquakes. Since 1993, concerns have been expressed over the legislative arrangements, conservation plans and the effectiveness of organisational relationships between decision- making bodies responsible for the safeguarding of World Heritage. Most recently, these threats have resulted in World Heritage Committee decisions at its 27th, 28th and 29th sessions and requests for progress reports from the State Party to enable the Committee to review a potential inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Download the report – UNESCO (2006)
Report on the Joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Mission to the Historic Ares of Istanbul World Heritage Site from 8 to 13 May 2008
Download the report UNESCO (2008)
Report on the Joint UNESCO World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring Mission to the World Heritage Site of Historic Areas of Istanbul from 27 to 30 April 2009
During a UNESCO mission to Istanbul in 2004, the Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre first suggested that the Historic Areas of Istanbul might be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, unless urgent improvements in safeguarding and management were instituted. At that time, there was no institution dedicated to the management of the World Heritage property, little in the way of liaison arrangements between the concerned authorities and continued loss of historic buildings, both by officially approved demolition and arson, as well as other problems reviewed which were to be reviewed by the 2006 mission.
Since the Joint UNESCO/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission of 2006 and 2008, significant improvements have been made in the management structure of the site, including the appointment of a World Heritage Site Manager, the establishment of a World Heritage Site Management Directorate, other institutional improvements and the continued involvement of the former and current Deputy Governors responsible for World Heritage issues.
Serious threats to the outstanding universal value and integrity of the World Heritage property nevertheless remain.
Download the report UNESCO (2009)
OECD (2008) Territorial Reviews Istanbul, Turkey
In Turkey, Istanbul concentrates 27% of national GDP, 38% of total industrial output and more than 50% of services, and generates 40% of tax revenues. Its GDP per capita exceeds the national average by more than 70% (i.e., the highest level among OECD metro-regions) and its productivity level by almost 50%.
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Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution, LSE Cities with Deutsche Bank Research (2010) Global Metro Monitor The path to Economic Recovery
The Global MetroMonitor assesses the economic performance of 150 metropolitan areas worldwide. It builds on the MetroMonitor, a quarterly Brookings publication focused on the economic performance of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas during the recent recession and ongoing recovery. As the report demonstrates, these global metro areas, which include cities and surrounding rural and urban areas that together form integrated regional economies, account for significant shares of national and global output and jobs, and represent an important lens through which to view the uneven trajectory of economic growth worldwide.
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The Boston Consulting Group (2010) Winning in Emerging-Market Cities – A Guide to the World’s Largest Growth Opportunity
The single largest commercial growth opportunities globally in the decade ahead is the rise of cities in emerging markets. And the most pivotal decisions that many companies will make in the near future are those regarding their commitment to winning in these cities and their strategies for doing so.
Download the report BCG (2010)
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