Gearing up for an icy winter

After a hot summer, the solidarity protests continue

By Victoria Khroundina | December 23, 2013


After weeks of preparations and permissions sought (and granted) from local municipalities, the day of the solidarity march was finally upon us. Yesterday (December 22) thousands of people came together in Kadıköy to protest the urban politics of the government. Environmentalists, archaeologists, historians, architects, ecologists, women’s movements, LGBT movements, human...
Posted in Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, News, Gezi Protests

Salvaging Istanbul’s remaining treasures

Solidarity march on December 22

By Victoria Khroundina | December 17, 2013


Enough is enough. This Sunday December 22 the people of Istanbul will ‘reclaim their city’. The brainchild of a number of organisations, movements and forums (some notable ones include Istanbul Urban Movements, Defence of the Northern Forests, Abbasağa Forum, Archaeologists’ Association Istanbul Branch, People’s Engineers and Architects, Istanbul Assembly for...
Posted in Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, News, Gezi Protests

An island settlement in late antiquity: Boğsak

Dr Günder Varinlioğlu’s lecture at King’s College London

By Victoria Khroundina | November 28, 2013


On Tuesday November 26 the Council Room at King’s College in London was filled with diehard history lovers gathered to hear Dr Günder Varinlioğlu discuss a fascinating subject: an island settlement in late antiquity. Dr Varinlioğlu is an architect and archaeologist who specialises in rural settlements and landscapes of Anatolia during...
Posted in Architecture, History, Talks and Lectures

A Byzantine gentleman

By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | August 16, 2013


Thank you to one of our readers, Leyla Argun from Greece, who has sent in this colourful rendition of Thomas Whittemore, an American Byzantinist and Egyptologist who discovered important mosaics at Haghia Sophia and initiated a project to restore it in the early 1940s.  Robert S Nelson's piece in Cornucopia...
Posted in Architecture, Museums

New kid on the block

Koç Contemporary to open in Beyoğlu in 2016

By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | July 30, 2013


Champagne corks will be popping in Clerkenwell. Last week Arch Daily announced that the English architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has bagged Istanbul's most prestigous ever museum project: the Vehbi Koç Foundation has selected the international architects Grimshaw to design their long-awaited contemporary art museum in Istanbul. This is the Foundation's latest attempt...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Museums

Heartbreak bostan

The ongoing destruction of Istanbul's cultural heritage

By John Scott | July 8, 2013


YEDİKULE YEDİKULE YEDİKULE!  Before reading this, fling open your window, fill your lungs with air and bellow 'Yedikule!' three times very fast. For anyone in earshot who ever called Istanbul home, it will bring a tear to the eye. Now sit down and brace yourself. This is yet another sad...
Posted in Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, News, Gezi Protests, Travel

Byzantine blizzard hits Istanbul

The International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium

By Scott Redford | June 30, 2013


I was in London for a conference late last month, and although the weather forecast was for ‘white cloud’, it rained. Conference concluded, I returned to Istanbul and a different kind of white cloud, with precipitation brought on by water cannons. Despite this particularly unwelcome kind of stormy weather, it...
Posted in Architecture, History, Museums

Norman Stone and the ten-year itch

By Cornucopia Blog | June 8, 2013

The great historian puts it all down to ‘yet another example of the politician’s 10-year itch. If, as they said of Margaret Thatcher, he had given up office on his 10th anniversary earlier this year, he would have gone down in history as one of the great Turks.' (Evening Standard,...
Posted in Architecture, History, News

The Paper Architects who played with concrete: Soviet architecture in the post-Stalinist era

‘Trespassing Modernities’ at SALT Galata

By Victoria Khroundina | May 24, 2013


Trespassing Modernities, the summer exhibition at SALT Galata, which opened on May 8 and continues until August 11, immediately piqued my interest, for the show traces the legacy of post-Stalinist architecture in the former Soviet Union – a place both familiar and mysterious to me, having been born in Russia...
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