Are the foxes watching the hen house in Turkey? That seems to be the feeling among many environmentalists and urban planners, who greeted with skepticism the announcement Wednesday of the new Turkish government cabinet following elections in mid-June.
Rapid urban expansion has turned the historic cities of Cairo and Istanbul into overcrowded, polluted, traffic-clogged mega-metropolises. To this problem, similar and unlikely sounding solutions have been proposed: Build two new Cairos and Istanbuls.
Mega-resort development has swallowed up much of Turkey's gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, but there are still some tucked-away spots for those who prefer peace and quiet to discos and umbrella drinks. One of these
The Istanbul of palaces and soaring minarets, of bazaars and bustling nightlife, lies within just a few of the city's 1,000 total square miles. The other Istanbul is full of factories, freeways, grey concrete buildings, and -- most of all -- traffic.
Money does grow on Máximo González's trees: The Argentinean artist collages their trunks, branches, roots, leaves, and fruits using bank notes that have been taken out of circulation. The delicate works
It might seem the height of futility to plant trees in a place that risks being entirely washed away in less than a few years. But to the 200 or so people who gathered Saturday in the Turkish town of Hasankeyf, the idea made perfect sense.
When Victor Ananias started talking about organic agriculture in the early 1990s, the idea was largely a foreign one in Turkey. Today, the organization he founded in 1992 operates popular organic farmers' markets at five Istanbul locations.
With just six square meters of green space -- not all of it usable -- available to each resident of Istanbul, people seeking an escape from the city's concrete jungle may have to start carrying their own little patch of green around on their backs.