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İstanbul looks to Paris for key to successful urban transformation

Today’s Zaman

With the debate surrounding urban renewal in İstanbul becoming increasingly strained in light of a number of critical concerns, including preservation of the city’s historic skyline, the Taksim project — a controversial initiative to remodel Turkey’s

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Letter: Istanbul needs neighbourhood regeneration

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk
Istanbul may well not need the mega-projects described by Constanze Letsch (The razing of Istanbul’s history, 2 March). But make no mistake about it, huge swaths of the city’s older neighbourhoods must be demolished and reconstructed during the next 10-20 years if a humanitarian catastrophe is to be averted. In the aftermath of the 1999 Marmara earthquake, the Japanese International Co-operation Agency predicted that the likely toll of the next major earthquake would be some 90,000 deaths, 135,000 serious injuries and the destruction or serious damage of 170,000 buildings. This impact will be heavily concentrated in 12 of the city’s 32 municipalities, including the historic districts. JICA argued that effective mitigation will require more than a million dwellings to be demolished or structurally upgraded in 400 neighbourhoods, which are home to more than 5 million people.

Great getaways: Istanbul, Sweden and Iceland, Australia and Sri Lanka

The Independent

Istanbul British Airways currently has a deal on Club Europe flights to destinations, including Amsterdam, Prague, Rome and Istanbul. You can fly to the Turkish city from Heathrow for three nights’ B&B at the Centrum Hotel for £449 per person



Sultan Abdülhamit II’s architectural legacy stands strong

Today’s Zaman

İstanbul’s century-old Haydarpaşa Railway Station was built during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II, in 1908. (PHOTO SUNDAY’S ZAMAN, M. FETHULLAH AKPINAR) Late Ottoman İstanbul was renowned for its public buildings that were constructed during the


The Right Tool for the Job: Istanbul – Seattle Transit Blog

By Matt Gangemi

Istanbul is an ancient city, built and rebuilt on Greek and Roman ruins. It is geographically constrained, and has an unfortunate highway running through it that connects Asia to Europe. But despite these constraints they’ve built a wonderfully

Istanbul: A straining metropolis dreams big

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
The Associated Press
ISTANBUL ? On a moonlit night in the backstreets of Beyoglu, one of Istanbul’s oldest districts, the worn facades and sharp-angled shadows recall the mournful character of the city that Nobel-prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk described in a memoir.

 

14 Istanbul construction workers killed in dormitory tent fire

Washington Post

ISTANBUL ? A fire engulfed a tent used as a dormitory for workers at an Istanbul construction site late Sunday, killing 14 people, a local official said. The workers were staying in a giant tent at the construction site of a supermarket,

Istanbul: A straining metropolis dreams big

Deseret News

By Christopher Torchia AP FILE – In this May 10, 2011 file photo, one city’s landmarks, Galata Tower is seen in Istanbul, Turkey. On a moonlit night in the backstreets of Beyoglu, one of Istanbul’s oldest districts, the worn facades and sharp-angled

Istanbul sees history razed in the name of regeneration

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch
Turkey’s cultural capital is undergoing a huge construction programme that is driving out communities
A few hundred metres from the bustling Taksim Square in Istanbul, the sound of jackhammers reverberates through the street: demolitions in the nearby neighbourhood of Tarlabasi are under way despite legal objections from residents, architects, and human rights groups.

Guns N’ Roses set for İstanbul concert this summer, website says
Sunday’s Zaman
Guns N’ Roses will rock İstanbul this summer. Turkey will host the legendary American hard rock band for the third time when Guns N’ Roses takes to the stage July 6 in an as-yet-unspecified venue as part of an as-yet-unspecified open-air festival,

İstanbul-based film industry: a rising star worldwide

Today’s Zaman

İstanbul in particular has become a hub for actors and actresses, as well as those working behind the scenes to produce these entertainment products. After the implementation of an incentive package for the film industry by the government in 2004,

 

Istanbul sees history razed in the name of regeneration
The Guardian
A few hundred metres from the bustling Taksim Square in Istanbul, the sound of jackhammers reverberates through the street: demolitions in the nearby neighbourhood of Tarlabasi are under way despite legal objections from residents, architects

İstanbul up, again, for tough race to become global city
Today’s Zaman
İstanbul’s business district is based in the city’s Levent neihgborhood and is home to the headquarters of many large corporations as well as the city’s tallest building İstanbu Sapphire, in this file photo from March 26, 2011

A City Under Siege
New York Times (blog)
ISTANBUL ? These days the answer to ?they don’t make ’em like that anymore? is ?Conquest 1453,? the new spear-and-molten-pitch swashbuckler movie that has Turkish viewers storming their local cinemas in record-breaking numbers

 

New restrictions on liquids go into effect at İstanbul’s airports
www.worldbulletin.net
New restrictions on carrying liquids and gels have been implemented at İstanbul’stwo international airports and are expected to be applied at other airports across Turkey in April. New restrictions on carrying liquids and gels have been implemented at

Istanbul needs neighbourhood regeneration
The Guardian
Istanbul may well not need the mega-projects described by Constanze Letsch (The razing ofIstanbul’s history, 2 March). But make no mistake about it, huge swaths of the city’s older neighbourhoods must be demolished and reconstructed during the nex

Istanbul mayor: Reconstruction of Bulgarian St. Stephen Church kicked off
Focus News
?Work on the reconstruction of the Bulgarian St. Stephen Church in Istanbuk gas started,? said Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas said at the meeting with Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, FOCUS News Agency reporter informs. ?We started the work on the

Istanbul: A City Where History Lives On | The International Examiner
By Collin Tong
The legends of Anatolia, Byzantium and early Christendom, and images of minarets, whirling dervishes and caravanserai are what first drew me to consider Turkey.

 

INSIDE ISTANBUL – It’s my kind of place
Jamaica Gleaner
“Something, something, something, Asafa Powell, Istanbul, something, something, something.” “Ben Türkçe bilmiyorum,” has become my stock response, on advice from an immigration officer back in New York. On my list of things to do are a visit to the

 

Istanbul: the London 2012 dress rehearsal
Channel 4 News
Channel 4 News Sports Reporter Keme Nzerem is in Istanbul to report on how Team GB is looking, ahead of London’s Olympics this summer. Istanbul. The city where east meets west will this weekend broaden its horizons still further.

Insights in Istanbul: Religious Disparity
Huffington Post (blog)
I visited Istanbul for just a little over a week, and one of the most notable differences from Western Europe or the US is the significance of religion. Whether it is the resplendent Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the sky reaching minarets nearby,

İstanbul sizzles with 10th International Gastronomy Festival
Sunday’s Zaman
While İstanbul is home to numerous festivals throughout the year, Thursday saw a food-infused gathering of foodies and chefs from around the world. The first day of the 10th International İstanbulGastronomy Festival, which runs March 15-18

Why Istanbul Property Will Outperform London Property In 2012
PR Web (press release)
Loxley McKenzie, MD of Colordarcy.com said ?I make no secret that I am attracted to the eastern promise of Istanbul and while London still offers great returns for investors, I expect Istanbul to outperform it and offer a more exciting opportunity in

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