Category Archives: Urban

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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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