Istanbul

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.

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.

Central Asia Rings in the New Year By Jumping, Repeatedly, Over Giant Fires

The start of spring comes with its own set of traditions.

It's Official: The Weather Is Extremely Insane Right Now

Extreme heat in Australia, snow in the Middle East.

Can You Tell a City By Its Blocks?

What if blocks could be extracted, stripped of all but their essential form, and lined up for inspection? Would we know a place by the sum of its parts?

The Geography of James Bond: Skyfall Edition

An updated map to reflect the newest film.

A Massive Earthquake in Istanbul Is Inevitable

The Turkish capital is awaiting a disaster that will make Sandy seem small.

Can Turkey Capture the Islamic Tourism Market?

"Halal" hotels are fast establishing themselves in such seaside vacation regions.

A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes.

Using BRT as a Transit Band-Aid

As Istanbul awaits the completion of its trunk subway line, the Metrobus has performed admirably.

The Istanbul Skyline, in Candles

Sticks mimic the city's ancient, curvy skyline.

The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.

Is Alcohol Apartheid Coming to Istanbul?

Istanbul's religious teetotalers, newly powerful with Islamism's rise, want to separate out the sinners.

The Geography of James Bond

Who's been to more cities, you or 007?

Confirmed Stereotype of the Day: Brazilians Love to Dance

The World Cities Culture Report came out today, and most of what you thought is true.

Land Transfer of the Day: 4.1 Million Acres

Turkey will open formerly protected land (much of it already illegally developed) to builders.

Should Preservationists Train Their Eyes on Skylines?

Researchers have developed a GIS-based technique to keep track of skyline changes.

The Streetcar As a City's Moving Symbol

A survey of light rail aesthetics from around the world.

Take a Video Tour of Istanbul's Conceptual New Taksim Square

Zoom through underground roadways and over a reconstructed Ottoman barrack in this video of the yet-to-be-built Taksim Project, a major rejiggering of Istanbul's central park.