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 26 2014

The Monumental Buildings of Bandirma, Turkey

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

Bandirma, Turkey is an ancient city, first built circa 6,000 B.C., where traces of Catholic and Neolithic eras have survived. It is also a holiday destination with more and more tourists choosing to spend their vacations in Bandirma, located to the south of the Marmaran Sea. More hotels are built every day, creating a city that provides […]

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May 21 2014

Hippodamus of Miletus’ Impact on Didim, Turkey Wanes

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

“If you think of roses, you are a rose garden If you think of thorns, you are fuel for the furnace.” - Rumi Didim‘s unplanned urbanization is considered to be a lack of aesthetic concern and is fiercely criticized. The new construction projects are not in harmony with the town’s cultural, natural and historical pattern, and […]

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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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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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