Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry

Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry

Luxury hotels are rising all over Turkey’s largest city as ageing districts are rebuilt – but critics say Istanbul is chasing profit for the privileged while ignoring the majority

At a grand ceremony along the Black Sea, Turkey recently marked the start of construction on the world’s largest airport – six runways and 150 million passengers per year, at a projected cost of about $15bn (£8.8bn). “Istanbul is marking a historic day,” the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the groundbreaking. “We’re building […]

How the ancient underground city of Cappadocia became a fruit warehouse

How the ancient underground city of Cappadocia became a fruit warehouse

For centuries, people have lived in caves and tunnels under this region of Turkey. Now the subterranean city is serving a new purpose – as storage for vast quantities of agricultural produce

The 98 square kilometres of the Cappadocia region in Turkey make for a strange landscape. Powdery white soil gives the place a lunar feel. The hollowed out hillsides and 10-metre tall “fairy chimneys”, a tourist attraction crafted by wind and rain, could be leftovers from a 1970s James Bond set. At night, lights flicker in […]

Architecture as disaster - Business as usual

Architecture as disaster – Business as usual

The aftermath of the mining disaster in Turkey this month has seen "cost of living" become an architectural term. Is social and material damage just "collateral" or part of the business?

This month 301 miners were killed in the town of Soma in Western Turkey. According to Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the disaster was just another “ordinary work accident”. This “business as usual” attitude has met with claims that the disaster was in fact wholly preventable, claims which rest on conflicting views of the […]

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Borusan Expedition Center, Istanbul/Turkey by GAD

A multipurpose building commissioned by Borusan Company as a public exhibition and seminar space in Parkorman forest, few minutes from Istanbul city center. Open 24 hours and attracting many people in day and night. The forest is a respite from the extreme temperatures in the summer months. Facilities include swimming pools, restaurants, spas, and venues for parties and open-air concerts and shows.

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Competition entry from Nuvist Architecture & Design for Izmir Opera House competition

Art has a great role in showing what happens in human beings’ life. Soul, intelligence and the emotions are the reflections of the community, and Art forms the social identities of communities.