[-empyre-] who owns the city? (Istanbul)

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 24 03:30:58 EST 2011

Beautiful images, Kath! Thank you for sharing them! I have several friends
architects working active against the city gentifrication, here is some
interesting links:


And don't forget to read this wonderful postapocalyptic urban
science-fiction novel written by Ian MacDonald, The Dervish House,


MacDonald writes dark and fun novels in a distant future where megacities
rule the world :)


On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 4:44 PM, Kath O'Donnell <aliak77 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I didn't make it to ISEA, but was in Istanbul a few years ago (few trips
> back & forth). Ana, your post reminded me of this day. I met up with a
> friend and his friends (locals) who showed us around an older part of
> Istanbul - near (/in?) Balat I think. my friend's friend had grown up there
> and her grandmother still lived there. it was fairly run-down, but very
> close to the river. we could imagine developers salivating over the land.
> there were posters with numbers on each building and I think they mentioned
> it was some sort of census count. so I'd be interested to hear if this area
> is still untouched or if it's becoming gentrified like other areas. it had
> such a great vibe - so relaxed in the middle of the bustling craziness that
> is other parts of Istanbul (well that I saw anyway). ladies knitting in the
> street talking, people in the street stalls. crumbling buildings. people on
> the roofs fixing holes. an old tower - it looked like the remains of a fort
> or a wall of some sort. I think I recorded some audio of it on a sound walk,
> and video too somewhere, plus a few photos.
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliak_com/2429190328
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliak_com/2428374595
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliak_com/2428375105
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/aliak_com/tags/istanbuloldcity
> On 21 September 2011 06:36, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am bit curious about how did the people who travelled to Istanbul for
>> the first time experienced the city itself, Turkey and all the
>> contradictions and the multiple layers of meaning residing in this old city
>> where all the remnants of it's past are crumbling away. As you know many
>> Turks want to be a part of Europe and join the EC, but many others want keep
>> the country's isolation.
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