As the 2010 European Capital of Culture- Istanbul a global city that spreads between the two continents, offers lots of cultural, historical and social activities and alternatives. I find Istanbul intriguing, chaotic and enigmatic; a true special blend of the east and the west. The last time I was in the city, I visited three popular spots : Kanyon, Beşiktaş fish market and Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
Designed by the Los Angeles-based Jerde Partnership, a shopping mall in the middle of an industrial neighborhood, Levent, Istanbul, Kanyon does have a 21st century vibe. Its splashing water at the base of the "canyon", its swooping curvilinear architecture and the greenery within the gray stones do attract not only many kind of shoppers for its brand name stores but also people like me just to get a close feel of its futuristic architecture.
Another diverse neighborhood in istanbul, Beşiktaş has a new fish market which is built on a triangular site. This contemporary concrete shell and steel structure is designed to preserve the fish market's original presence and its welcoming feeling. Being a preservation and revitalizing project within the bustling community, the structure respects the sense of community among the merchants and also considers the demands of the growing urban setting.
busy district of Istanbul, Karaköy along the Bosphorus is the home
for the city's first of its kind modern museum, Istanbul Museum of
Modern Art. It is located on a dock in a converted warehouse with a
splendid view of the Marmara sea from its restaurant. The permanent
collection includes modern and contemporary arts produced in Turkey.