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Linking two continents – monumental bridges of Turkey


Turkey already has some amazing bridges, but now they plan to construct the world’s longest bridge span over the Dardanelles Straits linking Europe with Asia.  Designed to shorten the travel time between the major southern city of Izmir and Eastern … Continue reading

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Most congested megacity index for 2014


Below are the results from the most congested megacity index which are based on an interesting and fairly simple measure of street congestion – the average number of stops and starts per vehicle during a given year. Please note that … Continue reading

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Great seaports from space – Southern Europe


For part two of this series, here are satellite images of seven great seaports of Southern Europe – Barcelona, Spain; Cadiz, Spain; Constanta, Romania; Genoa, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Marseilles, France; and Piraeus, Greece. The harbours almost resemble jagged teeth of … Continue reading

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Artistry rising above the tarmac


Beyond the acres of concrete that makes up runways, taxiways, aprons, and the tarmac, certain features of an airport can be designed in a manner which inspires. The control tower is just one of those places at a growing number … Continue reading

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A parallel tale of two cities


I just concluded reading the superb book Istanbul, Memories and the City, by Orhan Pamuk. If you have also had the pleasure of reading it, you may recall how eloquently Mr. Pamuk describes this majestic bi-continental metropolis as being in an … Continue reading

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Timeless city quotes in a literary treasure


I am roughly 75 percent of the way through reading an extraordinary book entitled Istanbul, Memories and the City by Nobel Prize winning author  Orhan Pamuk. I intend to write a more-thorough Urbanography review of the book upon completion, but had to … Continue reading

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