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The Taksim Square pedestrianization project and the Artillery Barracks project have lost their legal grounds. DHA photo

The Taksim Square pedestrianization project and the Artillery Barracks project have lost their legal grounds. DHA photo

The controversial Taksim pedestrianization project and the Artillery Baracks project, which was planned to be built on the site of Gezi Park, have been canceled according to an administration court’s June 6 decision, the details of which were revealed today.

The Taksim Square pedestrianization project and the Artillery Barracks project have lost their legal grounds, according to the details of the Istanbul first Regional Court’s June 6 decision.

The court decided to cancel the changes over the 1/5000 scale and 1/1000 scale construction plans for Beyoğlu, which automatically cancelled the pedestrianization and the Artillery Barracks projects. Countrywide protests against the Artillery Barracks project started in Taksim Square late May and spread across the country, leading to the deaths of three protesters and one policeman.

The complaint about the changes was filed by the Istanbul Chambers of Architecture and Istanbul Chamber of City Planners. The court’s decision, revealed a day after the Istanbul sixth Regional Court, which had suspended the redevelopment plans of Gezi Park late May, has rejected the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s appeal against the ruling. The court’s decision, based on the definitive ruling of the Istanbul first Regional Court, canceled the pedestrianization project altogether.

After weeks of protests, the government had vowed to respect the court’s decision regarding the fate of Gezi Park that became the symbol of the nationwide protest.

Prof. Dr. Deniz İncedayı, the head of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects, told the Hürriyet Daily News that the court’s decision was very meaningful.

The definitive ruling underlines that the project will damage the historical identity and social life in this area, said İncedayı. “It also emphasizes that this project is against the public interest and modern urbanization understanding,” she added.


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Çılgın Kanarya

7/4/2013 3:06:13 PM

NADİRİ BAŞARAN, wrong. A plebiscite on the matter was only going to be held in the event that the court ruled the Gezi Park project should go ahead. In any case, I think it's already quite apparent what the public want, unless of course I've missed something during the past month. I haven't seen too many people campaigning for the building of the Ottoman barracks. Have you?

sam stevens

7/4/2013 11:51:33 AM

Whilst this is very good news, I feel a 'trade off' has been done somewhere... imagine the conversation, ' if we back down on this project, will you agree to us building XYZ elsewhere' ? So a diversionary tactic whilst he builds a new gigantic mosque with secularist , minorities & atheist money !


7/4/2013 10:27:11 AM

Cilgin - I think you are right ....


7/4/2013 9:55:29 AM

this is fishy for me ...as we all know judiciary is not independent in turkey by this court decision winner is still sultan because now media will preach so heavily making sultan hero ......congratulation AKP you are still winner ...if court really is honest I can give them list of abuse SULTAN and his puppets has done .Will judiciary ever look at those cases ? I doubt . Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

Nadiri Başaran

7/4/2013 9:39:54 AM

A welcome and inevitable result. Now the citizens of Istanbul will decide the park's future.

Çılgın Kanarya

7/3/2013 9:59:45 PM

Everyone knows whose control the judiciary is really under, so what's the purpose of this decision? It gives Erdoǧan a chance to end the protests without seeming to back down, & at the same time 'prove' that he doesn't have influence over the courts, enhancing his argument that Turkey is a democracy. Also, what's more important in the long term; his son-in-law's shopping centre, or the continuation of his grand plan to turn Turkey into a theocracy? Gezi project is simply postponed for the future

Blue Dotterel

7/3/2013 7:30:07 PM

It is nice to see that some sanity remains in the court system. The pedestrian way for the square was not a bad idea, although unworkable and expensive for solving the "traffic problem" in Taksim, but the destruction of the park was pure planning idiocy. If the courts can rein in Erdogan and the AKP's less useful projects, Turkey might be able to avoid the Egyptian scenario unfolding today.


7/3/2013 5:29:51 PM

It would be nice -- but foolish -- to imagine that the government would learn a lesson and substitute process for mob rule by the AKP, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.
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