Taksim Square Istanbul – The Big Dig

…izes the heart of modern Istanbul). In the government’s vision for the new Taksim Square, the front of Gezi Park would be replaced by a building in the style of Taksim Artillery Barracks at Late Ottoman Empire with a courtyard, while the back would be reduced to a small patch of grass and a mall. The streets running through and around Taksim Square would be paved over and replaced by deep underground tunnels, increasing the volume and speed of tra…

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The ultimate solution for Taksim?

…military barracks in order to create new public space in the area –like in Taksim right now– led to a number of clashes and street battles in and around Christiania. And even more parallels can be drawn to the happenings in Istanbul. The Dens also built barricades in the street, the police used tear gas to remove the anarchistic, hippie commune from the area and a number of arrests were made.   However, several attempts by the police have been met…

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Heryer Taksim!

InEnArt proudly presents the video about the first three-sided football match in Turkey which took place in the framework of the 13th Biennial on September 14th, 2013 at the Football Pitch of Kadir Has University in front of the Golden Horn. It was a great afternoon with a lot of fun, great people and inspiring encounters! It would not have been possible without the help of: Asena Hayal, Tan Cemal Genac (for the trailer and support during the ma…

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Gas Festival – a Timeline

…th June and Saturday 15th, the police forcibly emptied the area, first the Taksim-Square and four days later the adjacent Gezi Park. The Sabah newspaper claimed: “The police cleared the square, without putting human lifes in danger.” Unfortunately though, those nights in Istanbul were anything but peaceful. Afterwards the beautiful Taksim resembled an empty battlefield. Many people in several Turkish cities were injured and besides tear gas and ru…

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Imagining a center for İstanbul – a talk by Orhan Esen

…the next level; we changed the means. The question of ‘how to intervene in Taksim’ has long been synonymous with how to make the city, even the country, appear. Now we have begun talking about Turkey through the mediation of Taksim. Spatio-politics have become the medium for writing a subtext for the new constitution.” – Orhan Esen Last week he held this talk at SALT Beyoglu in Turkish, yesterday he held it in English. For those who missed it, you…

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The Performance of modernity: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

…of cultural events with different stages, cinemas and Concert halls. Today Taksim Square is under reconstruction and a hot debate about the symbols of modernity is going on. The Show in Salt Galata explores the different stages of the planning and building of the Atatürk Kültür Merkezi. Items and Visuals out of the Archive of Tabanlıoğlu architects, audios with interviews for example with Ayla Tabanşoğlu are rare treasures, well arranged in a very…

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Media Award for Standing Man / Duran Adam

…rests. However, people remain steadfast. They continue to be silent on the Taksim Square and hold their peace for democracy in the country. Protesting in silence seems to be a new phnomenon. And now, it takes on even international dimensions.   Capuling – Standing Man, June 18 at Taksim Istanbul However, the protest was continued with other supporters on June 18 during the day. People across the country were quick to pick up the new protest, and h…

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