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 ever been increasing. Istanbul’s new urban landscape has been replacing forest areas, old neighbourhoods, heritage sites, sea shores, etc.

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