Istanbul

The Hidden Side of Turkey's Urban Transformation, Told in 10 Pictures

Young photographers capture the country's abandoned spaces, overcrowded cities, and the people left behind.

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Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Which cities attract the most people, and what kinds of communities are losing them.

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Why Bus Rapid Transit Is Particularly Good for Developing Countries

In places like Istanbul and Mexico City, BRT is cleaning the air and saving commute time.

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The Most Complicated Tunnel in the World Finally Opens

Istanbul's $4 billion underwater rail project, which links its European and Asian sections, was nine years in the making. Even now, critics wonder whether it's safe.

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Dazzling Timelapse Videos of Millions of FourSquare Check-Ins

In six global cities.

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All You Really Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics Bids

A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.

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Why Madrid Should Host the 2020 Olympics

Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.

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Turkey's Slide Into Urban Planning Autocracy

A new Bosphorus bridge is fast becoming Istanbul's most contested project – not least because the government will stop at nothing to get it built.

Jennifer Hattam

Centuries-Old Gardens Are the Latest Battleground in Istanbul

The ongoing debate raises bigger questions about who benefits from the city's changing landscape.

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Social Media Map of the Day: Tweets by 'Hood, Rendered Topographically

Where people Tweet in San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul.

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In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.

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Beware the Pseudo-Historical Retrofit Craze Sweeping Over Europe

The planning debate that sparked Turkey's recent protests is part of a larger, kind of weird architectural trend.

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Turkey's Protests Just Might End Peacefully

Officials suspend plans to raze Gezi Park.

Jennifer Hattam

Occupy Istanbul? Inside the Growing Mini-City at Gezi Park

There are tents, libraries, free food, even free hugs. But how long will it be allowed to last?

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Could Istanbul's Protesters Halt Turkey's Controversial Canal Project?

Officials say the canal will fuel the country's economy. But opponents worry it will add to runaway sprawl and rampant water pollution.

A Filmmaker's Scathing Critique of Istanbul's Urban Planning Policies

A 2011 documentary paints a frightening picture of the way bulldozers, bankers, and politicians are demolishing the city without regard to the environment.

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Violence, Tear Gas Greet Protests to Save One of the Last Public Parks in Istanbul

The battle over Gezi Park has become a symbol of opposition to the city's massive urban upheaval.

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Istanbul Is a City on the Brink of Crisis

An earthquake could decimate 2 million of the city's 3 milion apartments. But not everyone is happy with Turkey's solution.

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The Istanbul That Might Have Been, and Might Still Be

A book of unbuilt Ottoman-era architectural and engineering plans sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey’s largest city.