Category Archives: Tarlabaşı

Why a city should embrace its slums. An interview with David Smith

Tweet “The city does not exist that has no poor people” Earlier this year during the TOKI Housing Convention 2011,  we interviewed David Smith in Tarlabaşı where he talked to us about the importance of catering to all income groups … 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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Yemek Sepeti in Tarlabaşı

Tweet Common across Turkish cities and towns is the sight of a basket or bucket lowered down on a rope from an apartment window or balcony, followed by a shouted request for bread, rice, baking powder or any other commodity … Continue reading

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Tarlabaşı blog in Hurriyet Daily News

Tweet This weekend the Hurriyet Daily News, one of the two main English language newspapers in Turkey, published an article on our blog here

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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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Tarlabaşı by night

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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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Rich people only eat cake – a bakery closes down

Tweet It is breakfast time at the Gölgesiz Bakery on Tarlabaşı Boulevard: Eleven people crowd around a small table in the back of the shop, enjoying olives, sesame paste, butter and – of course – freshly baked bread. The oven … Continue reading

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A brief history of Tarlabaşı

Tweet The History of Tarlabaşı People have been building homes and living in the Tarlabaşı area of Istanbul since 1535, when non-Muslim diplomats began to settle in the imperial Ottoman city. In 1870, after a fire consumed large swaths of … Continue reading

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