Behind the Blue Mosque in Istanbul rise three stumpy luxury apartment buildings, recently completed and sold—only to be ordered demolished. The ruling from Turkey's highest administrative court to tear down the skyscrapers to protect the city's iconic views is remarkable, if a bit ill-timed.
Back in 2013, when Istanbul was still competing to host the 2020 Olympics, the city announced plans to build "the world's largest and busiest airport terminal." The Olympic bid ended up failing—but Istanbul still wants to build its mega-airport.
The college kids protesting in Istanbul are from Turkey's first big video game generation, and the language they're using on social media to describe the scuffles with police are straight out of Grand Theft Auto, the hyper-violent car crime game.
Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey, organizing under the hashtag "Occupy Gezi" and broadcasting scenes of brutal police violence to the world. But why are they there? What are they protesting? And do I need to care? Let's figure it out.
Turkey has long considered the construction of a new canal, one that would connect the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea and provide a safer route for tanker ships that currently navigate the Bosporus straits. But what do you do with the billion cubic meters of soil that you've dug out? Architect Dror Benshetrit has a…
Turkey wants to build a Disaster Prevention and Education Center in Istanbul. This is the project proposal by ODA Architecture. It looks like the scene of a disaster itself which, you know, it's exactly what the designers wanted.
Art Lebedev, the folks at ISBAK, and the city of Istanbul have together designed Isiklarius, traffic lights for punctuation lovers. Shaped like exclamation points, its hoped that they'll stand out in busy Turkish streets.
The new terminal at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport is the world's largest earthquake-safe building. You're looking at the over two million square feet of scaffolding that support it, all resting on top of giant geological roller skates.