Marianna Francese & Jaad Gaillet: Tarlabasi, Istanbul

A story of urban renewal

“Today, very few of the original non-Muslim residents remain in the area. In the early 1950s, waves of rural-urban migration from rural Anatolia led to profound demographic and socioeconomic changes in Istanbul. After the military coup of the 1980s with the consequent migration of Kurdish and the subsequent implementation of neo-liberal policies in Turkey, radical urban restructuring Istanbul leaves its mark on Tarlabasi. As in other major cities, the heart of Istanbul is destined to become the place for the exclusive upper classes, trade and business, and a paradise for tourists. Social diversity and cultural heritage, which are still the charm of this district, are doomed.”