RARE Species

from 2.5 million inhabitants 1975 to a staggering 15.03 million today, Istanbul has been growing rapidly over the past several decades.
the city as well as its community underwent a structural change from former trading and working-class society to a post-industrial global city. accordingly, fancy hotels and restaurants have since slowly replaced the monotonous factory walls to create an illustrious yet charmingly nostalgic image of one the world’s most captivating cities.
however, the ongoing strive to emulate the glory of its Western counterparts took its toll on those who compose the vast majority of the city. with neighborhoods slowly decaying and workplaces being reduced, the citizens are faced with many challenges, making authentic neighborhoods such as Tarlabaşı almost hard to find. but Tarlabaşı is not an isolated case nor is it special. in fact, Tarlabaşı is everywhere. endangered, empowered and always working. a truly "rare species".

Tarlabaşı project is a prime example for this type of faulty renewal projects. One can only conclude that the Tarlabaşı Urban Renewal Project, despite its claims, was never intended to benefit the poor and ethnic minority population of the neighbourhood. The actual intention of the project was to evict the poor and powerless and claim choice real estate for the wealthy global elites.
— M. L. Turanalp Uysal & N. Korostoff in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul: a case study of unsustainable urban transformation

construction site on Kurtuluş Deresi Cd., Tarlabaşı, 2017

Yanuz Ağdas, 58 years, Hilal Metal

Murat Kadioğus, 37 years, Hilal Metal

Orhan Ertan, 52 years, Ertan Kaporta Ve Boya Atolyesi

Mehmet Sidik Demir, 44 years, Bakkalci

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politik&gesellschaft, hamburg - ausgabe nr. 20