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What happened in Turkey on March 31

One of Turkey’s exceptional news days kicked off mid-morning Tuesday March 31 when a national blackout gripped the country, caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack. The nationwide power cut, the worst since the earthquake 1999, began about 10.36am in Istanbul and it was grounding flights, shutting down transport links and stranding late-arriving commuters. Rescue teams rushed to subway stations to evacuate stranded travellers.

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Canal/Kanal Istanbul

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  • This kind of pictures you can find on real estate sites. They are already marketing the best spots on the Canal. Şöyle resimler emlak sayfalarında bulabilirsiniz. Onlar şimdiden rantı hesaplıyorlar.
  • The banks of the Canal are attractive real estate spots. Due to the limited space on the Bosporus, this will be the alternative. Canal manzaralı konutlar gözde rant bebekleri olacak. Boğazdaki Potansyal sinirli olduğundan dolayı, ikinci bir Boğaz yaratılıyor.
  • Obviously Dubai is one of the main archetypes regarding the architecture. Planlanan Mimarlik Dubai örnek almaktadır.
  • Eight bridges are planned on the Canal. Which means: lot's of money for construction firms and much potential for investments. Sekiz köprü planlanıyor Kanal'da. Bazı İnşaatçılar zengin olacak, ayrica yatırım için büyük firsat.

Yüksek Planlama Kurulu’nun 5.5 milyar TL tutacağı öngörülen inşaat işleri için vize verdiği Kanal İstanbul projesi kapsamında en az 8 köprü inşa edilmesi planlanıyor.

The High Planning Council is asuming £ 5.5 billion for the construction work of the Canal Istanbul project. Eight bridges are scheduled to be built. 

Fetish Market of Lomé

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Voodoo may be closely associated with Caribbean countries such as Haiti, but the practice originated in West Africa and continues to play a big part in the everyday lives of the region’s inhabitants. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the Akodessewa Fetish Market in Togo’s capital, Lomé, is the largest Voodoo market in the world.

Reflections on the Future

Seeing the future as a project: The Long Now Foundation aims at developping a new way of thinking about our time and future. Opposing the current cultural mainstream that depicts our future’s environment as devastated and non-livable and the people as lonely and ruled by technology, the Foundation offers a more optimistic suggestions for seeing the time that will come. Basically it is the suggestion to start thinking about it at all – not in terms of short periods as modern democracies’ elections are structured but in really long runs.

Nothing New in “New Turkey’s” architecture

mimarsinan2Construction is the key factor in Turkey’s booming economy: currently the government has more than half a trillion dollars’ worth of planned, ongoing or recently completed building projects across the country. Oppulent projects that strive back to the glory and splendour of the Ottoman Empire. Erdoğan’s immense “White Palace” with more than 1000 rooms, İstanbul’s third airport that aims at becoming world’s largest, the digging of a whole “new Bosporus” making an island out of İstanbul and the construction of the biggest mosque in the history of the republic. All of these projects are highly contested regarding environmental and social impacts.

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