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Istanbul is most often commented for its stunning beauty in a manner that approaches a modern touristic version of orientalism. For sure it is stunning, but the other side of Istanbul, as real but less visible, is the barbed wire protecting upper middle class & luxury housing areas, security cameras, traffic queues, and TOKIs. Indeed, urban planning and Istanbul is such a rich case study not merely if one is interested in Turkey but global capitalism and megacities in general.

To quote a recent MoMA-exhibition Uneven Growth:

“TOKI development parallels the emergence of a new middle class in Istanbul for whom a TOKI flat is part of a dream of car and house ownership, even if this brings social isolation, long hours in traffic, and long-term debt.”

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 7.34.22 PM(Image from Moma/Uneven Growth.)

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Categories: architecture, Istanbul
  1. December 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    If you are interested in the urbanisation of Istanbul then this documentary is really good, there is a lot about TOKI corruption in this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maEcPKBXV0M

    • December 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      thanks! Yes, it is a good documentary, I know it well.

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