Real Estate Mobbing in the Urban Regeneration Process: The Case of Istanbul

Tuncer T., Dinçer İ. S.

RC21 Conference Sensing the City: Place, People, Power, Antwerp, Belgium, 14 - 16 July 2021, pp.161-162

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Antwerp
  • Country: Belgium
  • Page Numbers: pp.161-162
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The main purpose of this study is to explain the mobbing mechanism experienced in urban regeneration projects and to discuss the strategies that residents produce against it. Within the scope of the study, in-depth interviews were made with various actors (residents, neighborhood organizations, activists, etc.) in a neighborhood that was declared an regeneration area in Istanbul. The main common feature of the places selected as urban regeneration area in Istanbul is the settlements where low income group/disadvantaged groups are concentrated. According to the current legal system, the condition for regeneration projects to start is that 2/3 majority of the residents accept the regeneration. In this case, investors try to achieve this majority first. The current legal ground is forcing investors to persuade residents, rather than forcing investors to offer transparent and fair rights to everyone in the project area. When the settlers continue to resist the transformation, these persuasion studies extend to mobbing. In addition, mobbers doesn't consist of only investors; neighbors and local/central government are also involved. As a result of mobbing activities, it is aimed to achieve implicit goals such as getting people's homes cheaper and making their residents uninhabitable in the area. Study is basically intended as a response to the following three questions:

• What are the reasons for the resistance of the residents who do not accept the agreement in urban regeneration?

• What are the mobbing policies implemented by different actors?

• How have the residents developed strategies against these mobbing policies?