AGORAPHOBIA – Investigating Turkey’s Urban Transformation [Documentary]

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In October 2012, an international team of architects, urban planners and a small film crew spent five days in Turkey to study the urban transformation process in three cities: Ankara, Bursa and Istanbul. This is their story.

Seven months later, a wave of resistance spread through the country that was triggered by the transformation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park into a shopping mall.

It is no coincidence that the unrest started with a police crackdown of protests against urban transformation: urban issues form a major component of the protestors’ demands and urban transformation has fuelled widespread discontent with public authorities.



Director … Imre Azem
Second camera … Hande Zerkin
Sound … Gaye Günay
Editor … Mesut Ulutaş
Music … Ozan Türkyilmaz
Producer … Merve Bedir
Associate producer … Chris Luth


  • Bart Vink, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Hague
  • Endry van Velzen, De Nijl Architecten, Rotterdam
  • José Chong, UN-Habitat, Nairobi
  • Cagatay Keskinok, Ankara

A project by Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam


  • Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara
  • Bursa branch of the Chamber of Architects
  • The Building Information Centre (YEM), Istanbul

In the framework of Cultural Exchange Turkey – The Netherlands

With the support of

  • Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DDFA)
  • Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Istanbul

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