Istanbul wants to play in the big leagues. Last year it was the European City of Culture. It has its heart set on winning the 2020 Olympic bid. And the government wants it to be the financial centre of the region. At fifteen million, its population is twice the size of London’s, and looks set to double by 2030. But the lack of planning regulations means that expansion has come without adequate environmental or safety precautions. As one interviewee warns, for Istanbul the future means chaos.