Istanbul History (01:46)
Learn how the ancient city's geographical location and imperial eras have shaped its unique, dispersed character.
Istanbul Immigration (01:47)
Up to 28 million live in the metropolitan area; most are new arrivals from Anatolia and the Black Sea. Learn how employment is transitioning to a "first world" status.
Nurtebe Work Initiative (04:33)
Female Istanbul immigrants make crafts to sell at a community center; independent incomes improve their domestic status. Computer training and childcare are also provided.
Istanbul Infrastructure (02:02)
Most buildings are put up without permits, while gated communities are available for business elites—complicating social integration efforts.
Istanbul Social Issues (01:42)
Tourists enjoy night life in the city. As the economy modernizes, women take service sector jobs and young men are vulnerable to drugs and crime.
Istanbul Youth Shelter (04:19)
Young homeless immigrants take refuge at a center on the city's outskirts. Residents improve their lives by taking classes, building community, and learning responsibility.
Istanbul Transportation (01:20)
The city is split by the Bosporus that separates Europe from Asia. Infrastructure makes it difficult to integrate ferries, mini buses and tram lines into a comprehensive network.
Istanbul Economy (01:39)
Since liberalization in 1980, manufacturing and financial sectors have grown but conservative Muslim neighborhoods have been left behind.
Yenikapi Music Initiative (04:35)
A local architect founded a music school for children as an alternative to Koran school. He discusses secular and religious tensions, and reflects on efforts to preserve Turkey’s cultural diversity.
Istanbul Social Divisions (02:58)
Neighborhoods are consolidating along economic lines, but urban planners are optimistic that integration can be achieved through design.
Credits: Istanbul: Urban Future (00:34)
Credits: Istanbul: Urban Future
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