FORESTS WILL NOT BE TOUCHEDThe new city established on the European side will be concentrated along the southwestern line of Istanbul. Plans are for the region which is laden with mining fields and huge forests, to become integrated with Kayaşehir in the years to come. A number of mines will be filled and parks and social areas will be created within the city, meanwhile ensuring that not a single forest is touched.
FIRST INFRASTRUCTURE THEN SUPERSTRUCTURE
Infrastructure planning will be the first step in establishing the 500,000 population city on the European side of Istanbul. Taking into consideration the city's potential growth, infrastructure facilities will be made to accommodate well beyond the anticipated 500,000 population. In fact, the infrastructure of the city is being planned to accommodate one million. Just like the Seoul model, prior to residential planning the focus will be on realizing infrastructure investment plans such as for water, canalization and transportation. The Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Urban Planning and the Environment, Turkey's Housing Administration and the Real Estate Investment Partnership will be preparing protocol within this framework.
One of the most interesting factors in the construction plans for the new city, is that each building will be the same model and none will be able to be higher than the story-level restriction established. In addition, emphasis will be placed on constructing energy-saving 'smart buildings'. The areas devoted to greenery, squares and recreation will be above European standards. A number of very strong projects to establish a transportation network will also be realized.TWO CITIES, TWO FORESTS
The two cities to be developed on the European and Asian sides will also gain the metropolis two forests. There are a significant number of mines located south of Kemerburgaz-Kayaşehir and to the north of Şile. Plans are to fill the hundreds of little ponds that have developed in order to create a forested area. According to legal regulations, the top five meters of the ponds will be filled with garden soil and then trees.
AN AIRPORT ON THE SEASIDE
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises that will be part of Istanbul's new face will be the building of a new airport. Istanbul's new airport will be built near the sea in Kemerburgaz. In its surroundings will be hotels and congress centers, transforming the area into a new center of attraction.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Mehmet Ali Berber.