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Dreaming of a perfect life in Istanbul…

“You will find the life you are looking for in this perfectly planned community. Leave the past behind as a fond memory! You will rebuild your life in the colourful and lively world of My World. You are the centre … Continue reading

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Local residents of Turkish cities turn public stairs into rainbows

On a warm August day, retired forestry engineer Huseyin Cetinel decided his downtown Istanbul neighbourhood could do with some extra colour. He immediately took action, bought 800 dollars worth of paint, and painted the public stairs in Findikli, which connect … Continue reading

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Mensen maken de stad

Vraag mensen waar een stad uit bestaat en je krijgt hoogstwaarschijnlijk antwoorden als ‘gebouwen’, ‘musea’ of ‘winkelcentra’. Jarenlang hebben we met z’n allen ook voornamelijk op dit soort fysieke kenmerken gefocused. Nu de crisis menig stad in zijn greep heeft, … Continue reading

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Stad van parken, cultuur, en vooruit…tapas

De afgelopen dagen was ik in Madrid. Ik had me voorgenomen me eens niet te verdiepen in stedelijke ontwikkeling, nieuwe culturele venues of interessante stadswijken, maar gewoon te genieten van mijn omgeving. Voor een groot deel is dat gelukt. Ik … Continue reading

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Citizen participation in shrinking urban areas

With few exceptions, cities and towns all across Europe currently face the effects of ageing and depopulation. In the future, the entire continent is expected to feel the impact of shrinkage on its towns, cities and regions. This year’s EUKN … Continue reading

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Contemporary Sufi Practices in Istanbul

Sieta Neuerburg & Simone Pekelsma Download the accompanying PowerPoint presentation Sufism is a mysterious issue in Turkey. Not only because of its mystical origins, but also because of the fact that it was officially forbidden in 1925. However, Sufi practices … Continue reading

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Sustainability in Turkish cities: dream or reality?

Turkey is not particularly famous for its sustainable, green policies. According to the latest EU progress report, the country hasn’t made many steps forward when it comes to the environment. There are several actors and organisations that support and promote … Continue reading

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Istanbul’s hidden treasures

Istanbul is a city full of hidden treasures. They don’t present themselves to you unless you go and look for them though. You have to wander the city’s streets – sometimes for days – and hope they will be revealed … Continue reading

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Zeynep Yildirim

Name, Age, City/Country Zeynep Yildirim, I am 24. I live in Brooklyn, New York, but I am originally from Turkey. What do you do? I am a graphic designer at a boutique graphic design firm, but I also do freelance jobs. … Continue reading

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LET’STANBUL 2011: Meet Anka Bardeleben

Name, Age, City Anka Bardeleben, 33, Berlin What do you do? Photographer How would you describe your life? A thoroughly mixed bag 🙂 What do you expect to find in Istanbul? Energy, history & beauty What are you going to do at … Continue reading

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