June 11 2014

The Historical Train Stations of Istanbul, Turkey: Preserve or Renovate?

June 11th, 2014Posted by 

Before the Bosphorus Bridge was built in 1973, Haydarpasa Terminal was the intersection point of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. People used to take the train from Anatolia, and move on to the ferry at Haydarpasa to reach the European side. After the construction of the bridge, road transportation became more frequently used and […]

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June 09 2014

The Economic Threat of The New Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government funds gigantic projects with huge international loans, and is leading Turkey to an economic dead-end, and Istanbul to an ecological disaster. Their approach is not sustainable from either an economic or ecological point of view. This economic strategy of depending heavily on loans has difficult insurance conditions. The sustainability […]

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May 28 2014

Another Unreasonable Project: The Golden Horn Tunnel

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

A sub-sea tunnel is being planned to replace Unkapani Bridge as part of a project very much like that which occurred in Taksim to move streets underground. I sincerely wonder who proposed this “genius” project. I guess the contractors are at work again. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who was reckless enough to build an unnecessary horned bridge by the […]

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May 19 2014

A Guide to the Ailments of Izmir, Turkey

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

I have been traveling around Turkey to study what is turning this beautiful country to hell. My subject for this article is Izmir, one of the biggest three metropolitan areas of Turkey with more than 3 million inhabitants. The truth hurts, but unfortunately I feel it is important to write this. While Izmir, located in the […]

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May 14 2014

Corruption & Passing Motions of Stay in Favor of Construction in Istanbul

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Maslak 1453 is an Agaoglu housing project that is nearly completed and whose apartments are already sold, although the courts decided to stop the execution of construction; shortly after, passing a motion of stay. Interestingly enough, the motion has passed as the construction is coming to an end. The court, apparently, sees it fit to stop […]

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May 12 2014

Leaders of Istanbul! You Say Contractors Are Selfish? What About You?

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

It is now a widely accepted practice that “worn” sidewalks and roads are broken down and reconstructed before every election in Turkey. Whereas the expected practice, as civilized countries do, is to envision the future (i.e. the infrastructure that might be constructed under those sidewalks and roads) with the projects designed accordingly. In Istanbul, it […]

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March 27 2014

Haydarpasa Train Station & Istanbul-Gebze Line

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

The fourteen million people of Istanbul do not all live or work in the city center. With parts located on both the continent of Europe and Asia, the total coverage area of the city is around 5,461 square kilometres, with thirty-nine districts. There are people who commute everyday between the far east and west sides […]

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March 07 2014

A Significant Problem: Lack of Public Libraries in Istanbul

March 7th, 2014Posted by 

In an age with the digitalization of libraries, one still looks for a cozy place to wonder around the shelves of millions of different stories. When was the last time a hand from the fifteenth century grasped onto your shoulder in the dead of silence? Or when was it last that you spaced out within […]

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January 15 2014

Istanbul, Turkey’s Water Scarcity Dilemma

January 15th, 2014Posted by 

Both glorious and notorious for many reasons, the city of Istanbul has many urban issues greatly affecting the everyday life of its residents. Considering the fourteen million population and increasing, water is indeed among the most problematic of issues. Providing drinking water, the purification of waste water and facilitating its reuse… etc. all fall under […]

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October 16 2013

Camlica Mosque to Mark Istanbul’s Skyline

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

This post is also available in Turkish. The highest point in Istanbul is Camlica Hill. At 288 meters, it can be seem from most vantage points throughout the city. On May 29, 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced: “We are going to build a mosque over 15,000 meters square next to the broadcasting tower in Camlica. The planning […]

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October 16 2013

İstanbul Silüetine Yeni Bir Damga: Çamlıca Camisi

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

Bu metin İngilizce dilinde de mevcuttur. Çamlıca Tepesi, İstanbul’un en yüksek noktası. 288 metre yüksekliğindeki tepe şehrin neredeyse her noktasından görülebiliyor. 29 Mayıs 2012’de Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan bu tepede yapılması düşünülen bir cami projesinin haberini verdi: “Çamlıca’daki TV ve radyo verici kulelerinin yanına büyüklüğü 15.000 m2’yi aşan bir cami inşa edeceğiz. Planlama aşaması tamamlanmak üzere… Bu devasa cami […]

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June 11 2013

We Want your Opinion: Weigh-in Regarding the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

The Camlica Mosque, or Çamlıca Camii in Turkish, is located at Istanbul, Turkey’s Çamlıca Hill. Upon completion, the project will have a 110,000 square meter (1,184,030 square feet) footprint, serving 29,700 people from the surrounding Kisikli Mahallesi. While there has been a great number of individuals who support, and oppose this project, we would like to hear your […]

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June 11 2013

Çamlıca Camii Projesi Hakkında Görüşünüz Nedir?

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Çamlıca Camii Projesi İstanbul’da Çamlıca Tepesi için düşünülen, tamamlandığında 110.000 metrekare alan büyüklüğüne sahip olacak ve 29.700 nüfuslu Kısıklı Mahallesi’nde bulunacak bir projedir. Hâlihazırda kamuoyundan çok sayıda olumlu ve olumsuz eleştiriler alan proje hakkında sizlerin de görüşlerini almak istedik. Aşağıda yer alan video, görsel ve metinleri inceleyebilir, anonim olarak İngilizce ya da Türkçe yanıtlayabileceğiniz dort […]

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June 01 2013

Lack of Participatory Planning is to Blame: Istanbul, Turkey Faces-Off on Day-Five

June 1st, 2013Posted by 

As a foreigner making her home in Istanbul, Turkey, I feel honored to hear the noise in the streets, the sounds of banging pots and traditional Turkish coffee carafes, honking horns, and chants; Turkish solidarity. And while I don’t have the Turkish cultural, political, historical or religious worldviews that a native would, what I see […]

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April 30 2013

Dolmuş ve Minibüs Haritası Geliştirme Asistanı (İstanbul, Türkiye): Başvuru Süresi 24 Mayıs 2013′e Uzatıldı

April 30th, 2013Posted by 

İstanbul genelinde dolmuş ve minibüs verilerini haritalama işi için kentsel planlama, coğrafya, haritalama ve/veya ulaşım konularında öğrenim gören öğrenciler arıyoruz. 8′i Avrupa yakası, diğer 8′i Anadolu yakası için olmak üzere açık 16 pozisyon bulunmaktadır. Ana Sorumluluklar: – Dolmuş ve Minibüs Güzergâhı Geliştirme Yöneticisi’ne raporlama yapmak – Dolmuş ve minibüs kahyaları ile görüşüp harita verilerinin doğruluğunu […]

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April 23 2013

Dolmus and Minibus Map Development Assistant (Istanbul, Turkey): Application Deadline Extended to May 24, 2013

April 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Seeking urban planning, geography, mapping, and/or transportation students who are interested in mapping dolmus and minibus data across Istanbul. There are sixteen available positions, eight for the European side and eight for the Asian side of Istanbul. Key responsibilities: Report to the Dolmus and Minibus Route Development Manager Interview dolmus and minibus coordinators to ensure […]

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September 20 2012

Urban Gentrification vis-à-vis Real Estate Prices: The Tarlabaşı Renewal Project in Istanbul, Turkey

September 20th, 2012Posted by 

7,500 American Dollars per m2 is the price you have to pay if you want an office near the most important square of Istanbul. Seems reasonable, right? Until recently though, the area where the office is located was occupied by people in the poorest portion of the population, and the neighborhood’s name was associated with […]

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September 15 2012

Lively Streets in Istanbul, Turkey

September 15th, 2012Posted by 

Talking about daily Turkish life, streets play a vital role in the traditional setting: Children plays games on the streets; elderly people sit on the sidewalks and spend time talking to each other; women enjoy the most juicy gossip while knitting or cracking sunflower seeds between their teeth, etc. This picture might be portrayed in […]

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September 10 2012

Are the Urban Transformation Projects in Turkey Successful?

September 10th, 2012Posted by 

Urban transformation is dedicated to creating and implementing comprehensive revitalization programs in neighbourhoods. In general, it is the re-handling of  urban development through socially, economically, and spatial aspects. This includes the destruction and rebuilding of problematic areas in the city in order to make them healthy and live-able. Due to the influx of immigration communities […]

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September 06 2012

Politics vs. Culture: Municipality’s Rally Square Project in Yenikapi, Istanbul, Turkey

September 6th, 2012Posted by 

A 8,500 year-old archaeological site is not a common element that one comes across in a metropolitan area. In the Yenikapi neighborhood in Istanbul, 35 Byzantine ships were uncovered making the site the home to the biggest ship collection ever excavated, claiming the record from the Danish Nord ships. In addition, a 8,500 year-old Neolithic […]

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