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The New Turkey

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Little Earthquake


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In December 2014 the InEnArt team organized together with the Chamber of City Planners an excursion to the construction site of the world largest airport in Istanbul. Click the markers of the map below and discover with us how far the deforestation between Istanbul and the Black Sea has progressed since the gorvernment started the construction of the airport and its infrastructure (express way, 3rd bridge) without a legal approval last summer.

The construction of the world’s largest airport begun on June 7 in Istanbul.  The airport project that has been enthusiastically championed as one of the milestones in Turkey’s development process by the Turkish government has been facing several setbacks, with expected environmental damage triggering the most anger from society.

Dozens of lakes in the area and habitat, as well as the forests, will all be razed to make for the mega project, which will tie into a third Istanbul bridge, which has also been criticized as an attempt to open up Istanbul’s northern forests to rapacious development that will enrich the prime minister’s circle.

Millions of trees will be cutted and as the green lunge of the city will be gone the pollution will increase. The area is always foggy at afternoon and evening hours which is not made for an airport. The water reservoirs in this area of Istanbul will be flatten and will give way to the six runways.

By the end of December will be a huge demonstration by all environmental groups in Turkey against the project.


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