Istanbul demolishes 3 skyscrapers to preserve city skyline and as usual, good news travels fast. Good news for the environment, for cultural heritage, but not for the building complex developers, of course.
After long battles between the municipalities and the Council of State with the developers, the Turkish government finally ordered partial/or total demolition of several large buildings and skyscrapers that threaten the historic architectural heritage of Istanbul, according to WebUrbanist.
The courts have ruled that no other buildings will be allowed to reach heights bigger than the old architectural constructions present today in Istanbul and this may well be a sign that things are moving in the right direction.
Of course, this decision was taken part to the pressure placed on the city’s authorities by UNESCO, who has threatened to revoke Istanbul’s status as a World Heritage Site.
Given the fact that the Hagia Sophia mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque are being shadowed by large new skyscrapers, who can blame the Turkish government for their decision?
The fact that Istanbul demolishes 3 skyscrapers to preserve city skyline is well-received news, but it also raises a few questions. How can a city develop if no new buildings are allowed within a certain height? How will this affect architecture in the future?