Category Archives: Protest

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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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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Under construction? A stroll through Tophane

Tweet The recent attack on several art galleries in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Tophane has pushed the discussion about gentrification in the city, until now largely confined to academics, architects, urban planners and activists, and other interested parties, into the … Continue reading

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SOS Istanbul comes to Tarlabaşı

Tweet The urban activist group SOS Istanbul (more about their previous activities can be found here and here)  issued a press statement on the renewal project on September 23, 2010 during a small protest on Tarlabaşı Boulevard. Whereas interest from … Continue reading

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