Istanbul's Changing Skyline: The Effects of Landmark Projects

Arslanli K. Y.

49th Congress of the International-Society-of-City-and-Regional-Planners (ISOCARP), Brisbane, Australia, 1 - 04 October 2013, pp.996-1014 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Brisbane
  • Country: Australia
  • Page Numbers: pp.996-1014
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


After 2002 economic crisis in Turkey real estate market is evolved with respect to international globalization agenda. Between the years 2002 and 2006, Turkish economy has grown by 7.5%. Consequently, private consumption expenditure have increased by 8% annually, by 6% per capita and private sector investments in fixed assets have increased by 23%. In parallel, the housing and commercial real estate sectors have also demonstrated a considerable growth. Foreign capital investments and the shares of international investors in commercial real estate's have also increased (PwC, 2012). In this paper multi-centre development of Istanbul is investigated with respect to Office, Retail and Residential markets. The Central Business District of Istanbul begins with the Barbaros Boulevard, continues along the Buyilkdere Avenue and reaches to Maslak. The high-rise plaza type offices on the Esentepe-Zincirlikuyu-Levent-Maslak direction have contributed to the development of this central business district. Istanbul as the biggest city of Turkey affected with much severe planning problems within last decade. This paper investigates the possible outcomes of changing skyline of Istanbul with respect to planning future of the city.