İmra Gündoğdu

Born and raised in Istanbul, Imra earned her B.A. in Translation and Interpretation from Bilkent University in 2010. From her senior year on, she works as a literary translator, with an emphasis on children’s literature. She gained extensive knowledge on translation technologies by working for local leaders in Turkey and handled prominent clients such as Microsoft and Apple, satisfying her need to understand how software works. She also took on several universities and PhD candidates as clients to develop herself in social sciences and recently added Political Science to her specialization areas. Feeling concerned about the deforestation and depersonalization of her hometown, and in an effort to understand urbanization, she joined Global Site Plans as an intern. She likes gardening, wants to live in a eco-friendly community and her dream is to see Earth from the space.

The Historical Train Stations of Istanbul, Turkey: Preserve or Renovate?

by İmra Gündoğdu

Before the Bosphorus Bridge was built in 1973, Haydarpasa Terminal was the intersection point of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. People used to take the train from Anatolia, and move on to the ferry at Haydarpa... Read article

The Economic Threat of The New Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

by İmra Gündoğdu

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government funds gigantic projects with huge international loans, and is leading Turkey to an economic dead-end, and Istanbul to an ecological disaster. Their approach is not susta... Read article

Architecture of Taksim as a Reflection of Turkish Government Policies

by İmra Gündoğdu

Freedom of speech is not separate from the right to public spaces. Public spaces are where individuals and societies express themselves. These spaces can be physical, like Taksim Square, or virtual, like Twitter. The ... Read article

Bursa, Turkey's Journey in Becoming a European "Brand City"

by İmra Gündoğdu

Bursa, one of the largest metropolitan areas of Turkey, with more than two million inhabitants, is one of the fifteen cities which the Culture and Tourism Ministry aimed to transform into a "Brand City" within the scope ... Read article

Another Unreasonable Project: The Golden Horn Tunnel

by İmra Gündoğdu

A sub-sea tunnel is being planned to replace Unkapani Bridge as part of a project very much like that which occurred in Taksim to move streets underground. I sincerely wonder who proposed this "genius" project. I guess t... Read article

The Monumental Buildings of Bandirma, Turkey

by İmra Gündoğdu

Bandirma, Turkey is an ancient city, first built circa 6,000 B.C., where traces of Catholic and Neolithic eras have survived. It is also a holiday destination with more and more tourists choosing to spend their vacations... Read article

Hippodamus of Miletus' Impact on Didim, Turkey Wanes

by İmra Gündoğdu

"If you think of roses, you are a rose garden If you think of thorns, you are fuel for the furnace." - Rumi Didim's unplanned urbanization is considered to be a lack of aesthetic concern and is fiercely criticized. T... Read article

A Guide to the Ailments of Izmir, Turkey

by İmra Gündoğdu

I have been traveling around Turkey to study what is turning this beautiful country to hell. My subject for this article is Izmir, one of the biggest three metropolitan areas of Turkey with more than 3 million inhabitant... Read article

Corruption & Passing Motions of Stay in Favor of Construction in Istanbul

by İmra Gündoğdu

Maslak 1453 is an Agaoglu housing project that is nearly completed and whose apartments are already sold, although the courts decided to stop the execution of construction; shortly after, passing a motion of stay. Intere... Read article

Leaders of Istanbul! You Say Contractors Are Selfish? What About You?

by İmra Gündoğdu

It is now a widely accepted practice that "worn" sidewalks and roads are broken down and reconstructed before every election in Turkey. Whereas the expected practice, as civilized countries do, is to envision the future ... Read article