Author Archives: Jonathan

The Tarlabaşı Community Centre is still looking for sponsors

Tweet For several reasons – some technical issues and a dire lack of time – the blog has been on hiatus for much too long, but what better reason to revive it than another plea for help for the embattled … Continue reading

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Against vested interest urbanism – An interview with David Harvey

Tweet In an interview with acclaimed theorist and activist David Harvey, he talked to us about the impact of urban renewal and gentrification, the increasing class segregation of cities, and the question of how to fight back. David Harvey is … Continue reading

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Artists reclaim deserted building in Tarlabaşı

Tweet Sunday is the day when many non-residents visit Tarlabaşı for the marvellous market that runs through the streets.  This Sunday there is an added incentive above great food though – a group of international and Turkish artists have been … Continue reading

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“It is buildings, not earthquakes, that kill people”

Tweet Today’s Letters Page from the Guardian includes a thought-piece on the need to create a social rental housing sector in Istanbul stimulated by Constanze’s Guardian article last Friday on the construction sector boom in Istanbul; featured here. The two … Continue reading

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Charlie looks on……

Tweet We have had people asking us of late when the demolitions will start.  The fencing went up a few weeks ago along a main section of the development bordering Tarlabasi Boulevard; but then little happened after that.  Well now … Continue reading

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Tarlabaşı Boulevard: preparing for demolition

Tweet Three weeks ago the bright yellow concrete barrier blocks were installed over night.  A few days later they were spray-painted with the ” Tarlabaşı” development logo  and the construction company “Gap İnșaat” to the side.  The workmen started changing … Continue reading

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Kamaran and the recycling community in Tarlabaşı ….

Tweet Now to the last in our series on the recycling familes of Tarlabaşı.  Along with his colleague Sebastian’s work that we featured two weeks ago here and our post on the proactive role that the recycling familes made for Van … Continue reading

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The recycling familes of Tarlabaşı

Tweet [We are honoured to host below a guest blog post by international photographer and multimedia journalist Sebastian Meyer, a British-American photographer based in Suleymaniye, Northern Iraq.   Sebastian and Kamaran Najm Ibrahim, his colleague at their Metrography photo agency, worked … Continue reading

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The guerrilla garden of Tarlabasi

Tweet Only 48 hours or so separated our strolling down one sokak in Tarlabaşı, but in that time the local residents had created a garden from nothing.  An old house that had been filled to overflowing with old sofas, plastics … Continue reading

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Tarlabaşı eviction process underway

Tweet Small removal trucks dart along Sakızağaç Caddesi, the main artery cutting through the Tarlabaşı Yenileniyor project area, carrying elaborate piles of furniture, bags of clothing, carpets wrapped in cloth. Ali, who ran a tiny shoeshine store 50 metres off … Continue reading

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