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The Self-Build ExperienceInstitutionalisation, Place-Making and City Building$
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Willem Salet, Camila D'Ottaviano, Stan Majoor, and Daniel Bossuyt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348429

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348429.001.0001

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Residential experiences in times of shifting housing regimes in Istanbul

Residential experiences in times of shifting housing regimes in Istanbul

(p.167) 9 Residential experiences in times of shifting housing regimes in Istanbul
The Self-Build Experience

Zeynep Enlil

İclal Dinçer

Policy Press

This chapter examines changing housing regimes in Istanbul. It analyses two forms of self-building that emerged as solutions improvised by people in response to the pressing housing need and became predominant modes of housing production since the 1950s, namely “gecekondu,” and “yap-sat” or “build-and-sell.” Although stimulated by governments for some decades, both of these self-regulated housing forms came to a point of expulsion under the new regime of capital accumulation based on aggressive real-estate development that has been adopted as part of neoliberal urban policies in Turkey since the 2000s. The frenzy for urban transformation accompanied by financialization of housing led to further commodification of housing and urban space, undermining the right to decent and affordable housing and quality urban space for every citizen, which gave rise to considerable dissent that culminated in the emergence of new urban movements in defence of housing rights and ‘right to the city.’

Keywords:   Self-building, Gecekondu, Yap-sat, Neoliberal urbanism, Urban transformation, Financialization of housing, Right to the city, Istanbul Turkey

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