January 15 2014

Five Perspectives on Turkey’s Urban Transformation & Environment

January 15th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most controversial subjects of the latest political and social agenda, urban transformation, was indeed a major subject in the World Intelligent Cities Summit 2013. On its first day (November 27th, 2013) WICS hosted the Urban Transformation and Environment panel, which aimed to seek a common ground for the concepts “urban transformation” and […]

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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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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 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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August 31 2012

Time for Good: A Humanitarian Social Platform in Istanbul, Turkey

August 31st, 2012Posted by 

Have ever you tried to get services without using any regular exchange tools like money? Have you been to a bank where your savings are deposited as in units of “time?” Zumbara is a social platform where you exchange services with other people and are paid by time as currency instead of money. Saved hours […]

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August 17 2012

Istanbul, Turkey’s Silhouette: UNESCO World Heritage Status Might Go

August 17th, 2012Posted by 

Istanbul, one of the oldest cities in the world, is often considered to be amongst the most beautiful ones. The city served as a capital for Byzantium, East Roman, and Ottoman Emperors, as well as the most popular for the Turkish Republic. All along, Istanbul’s seven hills, serpentine waterside, dark cypress trees, and vertically slender minarets break […]

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August 03 2012

Environmental and Social Impacts of Canal Istanbul Project, Turkey

August 3rd, 2012Posted by 

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the current government, Justice and Development Party (AKP), will undergo the biggest project of all times for Istanbul, aptly named “The Crazy Project” by Istanbulites, no one ever thought it would be an artificial sea-level waterway crossing through the entire European side of Istanbul, connecting the […]

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July 20 2012

Build It and Sprawl Will Grow: Current Debates on the 3rd Bridge Project in Istanbul, Turkey

July 20th, 2012Posted by 

On May 29th, 2012, news about the 3rd bridge project hit Turkish prime time news. According to the news, Turkish construction firm İçtaş and Italian construction group Astaldi, through a joint venture, has won the 3rd Bridge tender by offering the shortest construction and commissioning time. The bridge will be completed by the end of […]

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May 25 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Selin Mutdoğan: Ankara, Turkey

May 25th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Selin Mutdoğan from Ankara, Turkey. Selin Mutdoğan holds a PhD degree in interior architecture and environmental design from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. Her dissertation was focused on sustainable residential interiors and research containing not only cases from Turkey, but also well-known green bulding certification systems […]

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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 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 24 2012

Yesilist: The Greenopia of Turkey

April 24th, 2012Posted by 

An internet search for “green living” in Turkey does not yield very many results. While environmental problems have been developing throughout history, the emergence of an environmental consciousness doesn’t happen overnight. In Turkey, the concept is still young, boasting both a developing field in environmentalism and a growing green industry. The National Environmental Action Plan […]

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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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