How would you describe a better Istanbul to live in the future? How can we plan the future of Istanbul together? Vision 2050 Office was established as a component of the Istanbul Planning Agency (IPA) in February 2020 to answer these questions through a study on a shared vision and strategy.

For many years, Istanbul has needed a document of vision, policy and strategy that is prepared in a coordinated manner. Large-scale projects and the increasing number of urban transformation projects, which have been prepared by different institutions without any coherence with the upper scale plans of Istanbul, violates the integrity of Istanbul’s urban planning fundamentally. Thus, the economic, social and environmental impacts of these projects remain unsolved within the existing planning system and that prevents the city from developing in fairer and more livable ways. Within this framework, a new step is taken by the Vision 2050 study that takes the participation of Istanbul residents to the center.

In the first stage of this new step which is taken on par with the UN's the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, issues, problems and potentials that are already waiting for improvement will be identified. In the second stage, the goals that will make Istanbul fairer and more livable, and the policies, concrete decisions and action plans to be implemented for achieving these goals will be determined. At the end of the whole process, “Istanbul 2050 Vision and Spatial Development Strategies” or briefly the “Istanbul Vision 2050” document will be prepared.

In this work carried out by the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Department of Housing and Urban Development together with the IPA and Vision 2050 Office, those are some of the research areas that will be studied: immigration and population policies, income distribution, education, combating eradication of poverty, transportation, gender policies, public spaces, climate crisis, ecology, environment, earthquake, agriculture and access to healthy food.

The vision of 2050 will build on development policies and strategy documents prepared at international, national and local scales. In this direction, Vision 2050 Office promotes following principles for the present and future of Istanbul:

  • Equal and Fair
  • Democratic
  • Resilient
  • Prosperous
  • Pro-conservation
  • Transparent