Category: Turkey

Urban cleansing

7 June, 2012 (12:08) | Cities, Infrastructure, Istanbul, Markets, restaurants, sidewalks, traffic jams, Turkey, walkability |

By:David A. Smith   Even as Turkey has announced it will be embarking on dramatic urban regeneration, the government is also shaking up the established order of informality in street usages, and that, as reported by my friend Constanze Letsch in The Guardian, results in immediate displacement and disruption of the economic cryptobiotica:   Bar […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 3, big challenges

31 May, 2012 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Cities, Disaster risk, Earthquake, Eminent domain, Rehab, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban Renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s blog post, Turkey’s government has now adopted urban regeneration as an urgent national priority – to reduce disaster risk, to protect the nation’s economy, and to improve cities’ efficiency for global competitiveness.    My panel […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 2, big plans

30 May, 2012 (12:04) | Disaster risk, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban Renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post covered the first half of Turkish Minister for the Environment and Urban Planning Erdogan Bayraktar’s 10 May 2012 speech to the Turkish National Real Estate Association (Gyoder)’s annual conference in Istanbul, where I was once again a featured speaker.  In his opening remarks […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 1, big vision

29 May, 2012 (13:56) | Affordable Housing, Cities, Disaster risk, Earthquake, Eminent domain, Rehab, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban Renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   Van, Turkey, October, 2011: never again?   A few weeks back, on 10 May 2012 (and after a welcome weeklong vacation on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast), I was once again a featured panelist at the Turkish National Real Estate Association (Gyoder)’s annual conference in Istanbul.    The banner reads, Real Estate Conference, […]

Affordable housing in Turkey: my talk at GYODER

26 June, 2008 (08:12) | Global news, Government, Policy, Public-Private Partnerships, Turkey |

On June 5, at a well-attended and highly anticipated Istanbul panel held as part of the Annual Summit of the Turkish national Real Estate Association (GYODER), I delivered a speech summarizing our six-month ‘country assessment’ of Turkey‘s affordable housing ecosystem.   It sounds better in English   Our goal was to examine Turkey’s affordable housing […]