Already more than 2500 years old, owning a fateful history, always a melting pot of different cultures, religions, ethnics and languages, Istanbul witnesses since few decades a population growth never seen before in its history. Even though lacking a sufficient infrastructure the Turkish government under Tayyip Erdogan pushes with the “2023 Project” for a rapid urbanization, increasing the (official) population from 13 million to 17 million, and even building a new strait. Social conflicts such as gentrification and marginalization accompany those developments. To satisfy the demand for housing state and private building contractors raise within few years whole settlements with apartment buildings housing several hundred thousand people. Hereby Istanbul is following the global trend of segregation through gated communities.
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