Role of the rumours during the urban transformation process in Istanbul gecekondu settlements

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This paper is a product of the PhD thesis focusing on the urban transformation process into gecekondu1 neighbourhoods (the special name for informally, DIY-constructed building groups constructed only in Turkey) in Istanbul and focuses on the rumours flowing mouth to mouth before and after the urban transformation project. This paper is endorsed on Deleuze and Guattari’s arguments about flows, assemblages, and machines. Urban transformation is taken as a machine and the information is the key element of this machine. Rather than the rules, procedures or laws about the urban transformation process, words are moving faster. We always watch on TV or see in the newspapers advertisements about new transformation projects, or professionals’ comments about the necessity of the processes. In addition to this, urban transformation in gecekondu does not only happen by the law or by the projects called urban transformation projects. Any kind of luxury residence projects, big shopping malls or big transportation projects can initiate the urban transformation process. This is not an operation that is determined step by step. Communication and negotiation with the inhabitants one by one are very important and at this point, rumours come into the play. On the gecekondu neighbourhood scale – where the neighbourhood relations are very close - information about the prospective urban transformation projects are influencing the area spreads from mouth to mouth and transforms into rumours. Rumours canalize desire flows making some spaces more attractive, some others less, and affect the daily life of gecekondu inhabitants and their decision process
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