Planking mania arrives at Istanbul… an Istanbul news roundup

Planking in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News
A new Internet craze called ‘planking,’ in which a person lays face-down with arms at their sides in unusual places and has their photograph taken, has hit Istanbul.

Bathhouse of Sultan’s favorite reopens in Istanbul
An attendant walks past a customer receiving a soap massage at the newly restored Roxelana’s hamam in Istanbul May 12, 2011. By Alexandra Hudson and Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) – For decades the 16th century bath house built for the Ottoman

Istanbul becomes a shining star in world congress tourism
Hurriyet Daily News
Istanbul, which ranked seventh in world congress tourism last year and sixth in Europe, has become an international convention destination, according to Murat Yalçıntaş, chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, or ICOC.

Generals questioned as Turkey’s pre-poll tensions show
Nilgul Dogan, wife of retired General Cetin Dogan, poses in front of her husband’s election campaign banner at the campaign office in Istanbul May 25, 2011. ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Five serving generals, two colonels and an admiral appeared in an Istanbul

Developers see surge in demand for property in Istanbul
Property Community
by Ray Clancy on June 1, 2011 Istanbul’s property market shows no sign of faltering in 2011 as the city’s population continues to soar with the rate of migration more than doubling during 2009/10 according to latest official figures.

Free Blog / Mazen Hayek: From Dubai to Istanbul
By MAZEN HAYEK Well, I’m wrapping up things as I prepare myself to travel to Istanbul tomorrow: can’t wait! Obviously, many ideas come to mind ahead of this trip, namely, and in no particular order of importance: Turkey’s European Union membership,

Interpol ‘turn on the bright lights,’ impressing Istanbul fans

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The rock group Interpol has a fond relationship with New York City, but Wednesday?s concert showed that they?re still well connected with Istanbul as well.

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

from Tarlabaşı Istanbul by Jonathan

?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 in a city. Increasingly governments and municipalities are forcing its poor people out of the city centre and to the very outskirts, where they have little to no access to the low-skilled jobs that are often their only choice, and that need to be performed in any city.

Historical Jewish tomb in Istanbul to be renovated, turned into museum
Hurriyet Daily News
The mausoleum of Abraham Salomon de Kamondo, an Ottoman Jew who made pioneering contributions to urban development and banking in Istanbul, is to be restored and opened as a museum later this month. The mausoleum restoration is limited,

Istanbul: conquered again
Southeast European Times
By Cigdem Bugdayci for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 03/06/11 Each year on May 29th, a highly embellished re-enactment of the Ottoman conquest is staged in Istanbul. The commemorations are a source of national and religious pride for some,

Catalog Scout | MoMA’s Destination: Istanbul collection
Kansas City Star
The latest is Destination: Istanbul. The MoMA-exclusive collection features more than 100 lifestyle products including home accessories, kitchenware and furniture typically found only in Turkey. The items ? introducing more than 40 Turkish designers

Non-Muslims demand equal citizenship rights in new constitution
Sunday’s Zaman
A member of Turkey’s Greek Orthodox community in an İstanbul church. Non-Muslims demand equality for minorities in the new constitution. The new constitution of Turkey should embrace all of its citizens and elevate individual rights and freedoms

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