Author Archives: Constanze

Help needed for the Tarlabaşı Community Centre

Tweet Situated on Kalyoncu Kulluk Caddesi, a few houses down from the police station on Tarlabaşı Boulevard, the Tarlabaşı Community Centre has become an institution in the neighbourhood, providing free education, lectures and a place to spend after school time … Continue reading

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The looted prospect of Tarlabaşı Yenileniyor

Tweet Despite ongoing court cases– some hearings having been postponed to May 2012 – and a couple of residents are still holding out, demolitions in Tarlabaşı have started. Among the buildings being taken down manually, storey by storey, with sledgehammers, … Continue reading

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Tarlabasi demolitions in The Guardian

Tweet Today’s article in The Guardian: A few hundred metres from the bustling Taksim Square in Istanbul, the sound of jackhammers reverberates through the street: demolitions in the nearby neighbourhood of Tarlabasi are under way despite legal objections from residents, … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bosphorus: a bridge too far

Tweet When on January 10 the tender for the Northern Marmara Highway Project that includes the construction of a third bridge over the Bosporus had to be cancelled for a lack of bidders, many an activist probably sighed in relief. … Continue reading

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(No) Papertigers

Tweet [This is a follow-up to the excellent work of photojournalist Sebastian Meyer last week and Kamaran Najm that we will host next week.] The recycling workers in Tarlabaşı recently made the headlines for their generous aid to victims of … Continue reading

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Tables (not yet) turned

Tweet Much has been said and written about the missing tables and chairs in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, an area marketed as the city’s hip party district for over a decade. On an apparent whim, the local municipality ordered … Continue reading

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Digging deeper – Istiklal Caddesi’s controversial new shopping centre

Tweet When the Demirören İstiklal shopping centre opened March 17, 2011 – just in time for the Istanbul Shopping Festival – it was in fact still under construction: light bulbs had been hastily screwed in, and visitors had to step … Continue reading

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The house that TOKI built

Tweet “There’s a rumour that the municipality is offering TOKI apartments for people in Tarlabaşı to move into,” Özge Karataş says. Sitting in a small coffeehouse on a Tarlabaşı backstreet, she waits for her working day to kick off. As … Continue reading

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A cut above the rest

Tweet It is a rainy Sunday in late December. A man sticks his head in the door of the small barber shop on Sakızağaç Sokak in Tarlabaşı and asks: “Where is Hasan Usta? Does he have time for a shave?” … Continue reading

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The first part of the glossary is up!

Tweet In the glossary, you will be able to find more detailed information on institutions, terms and concepts that are specific to urban and gentrification issues in Istanbul and Turkey. It will be elaborated as we go, and updated regularly … Continue reading

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