Numerous associations of architects and urban planners harshly and publicly criticized the plans. They argued that the project would not only destroy one of the few green spaces left in the city, but would also obliterate the public character of Taksim Square, replacing it with the enclosed and inaccessible spaces of a shopping mall and condominiums. Many argued that the project’s intended aim was to reduce the human traffic in Taksim so as to depoliticize and desocialize one of the most vibrant areas of Istanbul, and a frequent site of protests and social gatherings. Despite finding resonance among sizable segments of the population, the criticisms did not spark large-scale protests until almost a year later.
Jadaliyya: Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere, June 1, 2013The Guardian: Turkey protests rage for second day, June 1, 2013
BBC News: Turkish protesters pack Taksim Square as police withdraw, June 1, 2013
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