In October 2012, an international team of architects, urban planners and a small film crew spent five days in Turkey to study the urban transformation process in three cities: Ankara, Bursa and Istanbul. This is their story.
Seven months later, a wave of resistance spread through the country that was triggered by the transformation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park into a shopping mall.
It is no coincidence that the unrest started with a police crackdown of protests against urban transformation: urban issues form a major component of the protestors’ demands and urban transformation has fuelled widespread discontent with public authorities.
Director ... Imre Azem
Second camera ... Hande Zerkin
Sound ... Gaye Günay
Editor ... Mesut Ulutaş
Music ... Ozan Türkyilmaz
Producer ... Merve Bedir
Associate producer ... Chris Luth
Bart Vink, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Hague
Endry van Velzen, De Nijl Architecten, Rotterdam
José Chong, UN-Habitat, Nairobi
Cagatay Keskinok, Ankara
A project by Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam
Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara
Bursa branch of the Chamber of Architects
The Building Information Centre (YEM), Istanbul
In the framework of Cultural Exchange Turkey – The Netherlands
With the support of
Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DDFA)
Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Istanbul