Istanbul 1910–2010: City, Built Environment and Architectural Culture was one of many cultural events held during the celebration of the city as the 2010 European Capital of Culture. Stretching over 75,000 square feet of exhibition space, accompanied by explanatory texts in English and Turkish, and split among four floors of the gallery at Santralistanbul, Bilgi University's Center for Arts and Culture, the exhibit was as complex and overwhelming as its subject, Istanbul. The intention of the exhibit was to chart the spatial and social transformations of the city through four phases of its recent past, from its final days as the capital of the Ottoman Empire to its present state as a mega-city of over 14 million residents. The four main curators, from Bilgi University—Günkut Akın, Sibel Bozdogan, Ihsan Bilgin, and Tansel Korkmaz—divided Istanbul's last century into four chronological slices and...

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