Robert Huber

Istanbul Prospects

Through the ages, Byzantium, Constantinopolis, Istanbul, showed the energy to redefine and redesign itself, in an endless struggle against wars, political or religious intrigues, earthquakes, fires and uncontrolled urbanization. Despite all these facts, the City, by its exceptional history, geographic position and nature, remains one of the pearls on earth. Today, going through the city offers a large experience, confronting us to contrasted fragments. Antique textures hosting modernist patterns, informal settlements mimicking village life in-between luxury developments, kitchen gardens hidden behind shopping malls, all of this used by a population composed of modern nomads, flying to the city with the hope of a better future, in an estimated massive amount of 400.000 new inhabitants per year. (2013-2017)

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