July 12 2012

Court Order to Stop the Urban Renewal Project on the Famous Romani Neighbourhood Sulukule, in Istanbul, Turkey

July 12th, 2012Posted by 

Recently, a very important decision has been made that could set up a milestone on how the slum areas in Istanbul, Turkey are treated by the authorities in charge of urban renewal. Sulukule neighborhood, in Istanbul, which used to house a Romani community, was demolished and its residents were relocated to public housing projects built […]

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June 28 2012

Watersheds and A City’s Existence: Problems in Watershed Use and Protection in Istanbul, Turkey

June 28th, 2012Posted by 

Needless to say, water is essential to sustain human life, and every human being has the right to have access to water. Therefore, in urban areas where great numbers of people are agglomerated, water is a critical issue. In Istanbul there are 8 watersheds, 5 being on the European side and 3 on the Asian […]

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June 14 2012

An Architectural Analysis of Mass Housing Administration’s (MHA) Urban Renewal Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

June 14th, 2012Posted by 

In a special advertorial sponsored by Turkey’s Mass Housing Administration (MHA) in one of the issues of the UN-HABITAT’s Urban World magazine, MHA states that transforming existing slums “makes up approximately 10 percent of our total housing development. […] Moreover, it should be emphasized that wherever we build housing, we take into consideration the great […]

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May 25 2012

Human Capital for Recycling: Waste Pickers in Istanbul, Turkey

May 25th, 2012Posted by 

Do you know that some people live on other people’s garbage by recycling contents like metal, glass, paper and plastic? Have you ever seen such a person carrying all those contents in a huge hopsack bag on two wheels with two long sticks? Those people are waste-pickers; the most important components of the recycling process […]

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May 16 2012

Urban Relocation in Istanbul, Turkey: What is Being Done Wrong?

May 16th, 2012Posted by 

Urban relocation is often used, whether justifiably or not, as a part of the urban renewal project of Istanbul in its endeavor to become a “world-city.” As the main actor to carry out urban renewal projects, Mass Housing Administration has the authority to relocate squatter communities whenever it’s deemed appropriate, and usually these communities are relocated to […]

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May 11 2012

Istanbul Design Biennial: A First for Turkey

May 11th, 2012Posted by 

Istanbul will host its first design biennial between October 13 – December 12, 2012. The theme is proposed by the director of London Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, as “imperfection.” This theme refers to Istanbul, a city far from being perfect, yet one of the most inspiring centers of the world, with infinite layers. Istanbul Design […]

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April 18 2012

Current Debates Over the Planning of Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

April 18th, 2012Posted by 

Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the liveliest public spaces in the city. It was a part of the modernization project of the newly-formed republic in the late 1930s. Like many other parts of the city, it was based on the plans of Henri Prost, the prominent representative of the French school of […]

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April 13 2012

Clothing Swapping and Fashion Recycling Emerges in Istanbul, Turkey

April 13th, 2012Posted by 

Have you ever heard about clothes swapping? If you are Turkish, probably not. Because in Turkey, worldwide-known brands have their factories located there, providing people the opportunity to purchase clothes at very low prices. Additionally, Turkish people tend to underestimate the advantages of using one anothers’ old clothes, even-though most parents made their children wear […]

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April 11 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Erman Eruz: Istanbul, Turkey

April 11th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Erman Eruz from Istanbul, Turkey. Erman Eruz is an undergraduate at Princeton University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Civil Engineering, along with a certificate in Urban Studies. Having grown up in Istanbul, Turkey, he is interested in a wide […]

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February 24 2012

Global Site Plans Presenting: 2nd International Greenage Symposium in Istanbul

February 24th, 2012Posted by 

On April 26 & 27th, 2012, the Faculty of Architecture of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universitesi) will gather an array of experts from institutions such as universities, municipalities, NGO’s, as well as the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and design, together for the Second International Greenage Symposium: Sustainable Society and […]

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January 25 2012

Hub Istanbul: Social Innovation through Placemaking, Coworking

January 25th, 2012Posted by 

If you had an empty warehouse and a pen and paper, what infinite uses would you create? Art space; meeting or event space; a library; a cafeteria or cafe; an acoustic or sound room; a gaming room; a gallery; yoga or meditation space; or a multi-purpose work space? The only limitation is your imagination. Your […]

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November 15 2011

Tenement Fishing in Istanbul and New York City, Fact or Fiction?

November 15th, 2011Posted by 

Less about urban planning and more about the  forgotten interstitial margins created by architecture, this article links scattered reports about fishing in basements beneath New York City with the cisterns of Istanbul, the home of Global Site Plans’ principal, Renée van Staveren. Istanbul is home to several hundred ancient cisterns that, when built during the […]

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October 10 2011

“Taksim Belongs to Pedestrians” with Hans Venhuizen: Becoming Istanbul at SALT Beyoğlu

October 10th, 2011Posted by 

On October 1, 2011, SALT Beyoğlu hosted the event “The Making Of – Taksim Belongs to Pedestrians,” moderated by Hans Venhuizen. The second of the English-language “The Making Of” events held at SALT, this  particular gathering discussed how Taksim Square could be utilized by pedestrians. Similar in the style of “The Making Of – Plans for […]

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September 19 2011

“The Making Of – Plans for Beyoğlu” with Hans Venhuizen: Becoming Istanbul at SALT Beyoğlu

September 19th, 2011Posted by 

On September 17, 2011, Hans Venhuizen moderated The Making of – Plans for Beyoğlu at SALT Beyoğlu. At this event, which ran from 2:00-5:30pm, we discussed Istanbul’s historic Beyoğlu district, the same district that is home to touristic areas such as Taksim Square and Galata Tower, among others. The Beyoğlu area was named a historic […]

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September 14 2011

“What Inspires Design in Istanbul?” with Superpool: Becoming Istanbul at SALT Beyoğlu

September 14th, 2011Posted by 

On September 13, 2011, Gregers Tang Thomsen and Selva Gürdoğan, of Superpool, in collaboration with Project and Projects, lead a talk at SALT Beyoğlu entitled “What Inspires Design in Istanbul.”  The discussion revolved around the innovative project, Becoming Istanbul, which will run from September 13, 2011 to December 31, 2011. During this three month event, ”two parallel programs [will commence], 90, a program […]

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September 05 2010

An Exhibition on Architecture: ALANistanbul

September 5th, 2010Posted by 

What if architecture becomes the topic of an exhibition? What would be the intersection and alienation points of architecture and art; where art intersects with architecture and deviates from being and art? What can be said on contemporary art over architecture? Are there any possibilities for Architecture to be the art?

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