Elliot Chang

Recycled "Gecekondoo" Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

by , 02/06/13

Gecekondoo, Sinan Logie, turkey, urban operations, istanbul, recycled building, sustainable architecture, green architecture, green building, sustainable design, green design, recycled materials, urban intervention, emergency shelter, humanitarian design, disaster relief

The Turkish Government recently voted on a ‘’disaster risk’’ law that will demolish and rebuild roughly 7,000,000 dwellings in Turkey over the next 20 years. Although the object of this law is to provide earthquake-proof buildings, the operational approach is different and leads to wild gentrification in socially fragile urban areas. These recent urban renewal operations resulted in lower income classes being ejected to the outskirts of the cities with poor indemnities for their expropriations, cutting them off from easy access to the city and increasing their difficulties. Drawing upon the design of Turkish Gecekondus (informal settlements), Sinan Logie has conceived of an emergency shelter that can be built with materials harvested by urban recyclers working in the streets of Istanbul. The resulting “Gecekondoos” seeks to offer quick and low-cost shelter for the victims of urban renewal operations by allowing them to plug into existing urban infrastructure while staying located within their neighborhoods.

+ Gecekondoo

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