Invited by the 1st Istanbul International Design Biennial, Play the City will soon be back in Istanbul in October 2012. The new city game we are working on will be an interactive public poll in selected districts of the city. Some of the questions we ask ourselves are: "How do Istanbul's urbanites think of abortion? Do abortion rates differ in Sultanbeyli or Suadiye? Which districts are better equipped with abortion services?"
These days, Turkey is discussing 'abortion' after an unexpected statement by PM Tayyip Erdogan using the Kurdish conflict as a 'murder' metaphor for abortion, and calling for legal restrictions on it. As Turkey, a unique islamic and democratic state, is re-questioning all its secular values fundamentally, an interesting contemporary study from North America caught our attention: The Geography of Abortion [conducted by Richard Florida in collaboration with Martin Prosperity Institute.] The research maps abortion rates by state as well as the state of residence of women who obtain them.
Please find Richard Florida's full article here