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The Project

Empowering earthquake affected communities through collaborative innovation, providing safe and sustainable housing solutions.”

The initiation of START aims to harness the knowledge and expertise of TU Delft students and experts from diverse fields to develop residential solutions for individuals affected by earthquakes. Research has demonstrated that houses were not constructed to withstand earthquakes, leading to catastrophic architectural and humanitarian consequences. Given crisis sites’ varied geographical, political, cultural, and social factors, creating long-term earthquake-resilient housing solutions in Turkey is only sometimes feasible. As such, START focuses on an architectural engineering approach, collaborating with other domains such as earth sciences, psychology, and civil engineering.


The initiative’s prototype development involves a three-phase approach. The first phase involved organising a workshop week from the 20th to the 24th of March, 2023. Lectures and panel discussions complemented it, and the week allowed interdisciplinary groups of TU Delft students to create prototypes of shelters or houses for the impacted region. To ensure the students received the best guidance and support, we enlisted the help of several professionals and specialists. The workshop week was organised by five coordinators, five advisory professors, and 15 assisting students, with 60 students from various faculties participating. To make their designs as realistic as possible, the students received mentorship from over 25 experts, firms, specialists, tutors, and teachers.

We are currently in phase two of the initiative’s prototype development, which involves analysing the designs created by the students during the workshop week and building a network to develop a blueprint model. The following phase focuses on finalising the design and establishing connections with institutes that can help bring the design to life. In September 2023, we will host a summer school where students collaborate with engineering firms like ARUP and ABT to build and test a scale 1:1 model. At the same time, we will work on establishing connections with local stakeholders. We will allocate resources accordingly once we understand all local and international stakeholders who support us through financial contributions, expertise, or equipment. After successful prototype testing, the project management team will begin the actual building process.

During the project’s final phase, our foremost priority is to offer support to the local community throughout the building process. We intend to share our blueprints, contacts, and knowledge gathered during the initial two phases, thus making this information readily available online. Our ultimate goal is to aid the locals in constructing homes resistant to earthquakes. We are more than willing to assist during the construction within our capacity. We will be present on-site to clarify the blueprints and oversee the construction process to ensure no miscalculations.

Project Timeline

Phase 1 | Knowledge

In phase one, we focused mainly on gaining and sharing knowledge about architectural recovery and to design possible solutions under the guidance of experts and specialists from various disciplines. For this, we organised a workshop week from 20 – 24 March. 

The outcome of this workshop week were 60 students designing 12 concept designs, under the guidance of many lecturers, experts and firms.
Monday, February 6, 2023
Earthquakes Türkiye and Syria
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Monday, February 6, 2023
Friday, February 17, 2023
Beginning of START
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Friday, February 17, 2023
Monday, March 20, 2023
Workshop Week
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Monday, March 20, 2023

Phase 2 | Design

In phase two, we are working on the design. It’s essential to connect and align with many different stakeholder in order to fully understand the challenges they are facing. Especially the needs of local inhabitants should be taken into account when designing new homes. The design team is developing modular, long-term housing solutions by implementing local materials, flexibility and culture into the design. To conclude this phase, in September 2023, a full scale prototype will be built and tested at Delft University of Technology. (In progress)
Monday, April 10, 2023
Defining next steps for START
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Monday, April 10, 2023
Monday, April 24, 2023
Arcelik Garage Innovation Program
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Monday, April 24, 2023
Friday, May 12, 2023
Follow up drinks START
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Friday, May 12, 2023
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Forming Design Team
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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Monday, May 29 2023
Keep learning: Following extra courses
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Monday, May 29 2023
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Presentations new Extreme course & for the Board of examinors of the TU Delft
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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Set up research group Syria
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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Nomination: Student initiative of the year
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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Field trip to Hatay
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Defining Design Concepts
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
GOAL: Finish Concept Design
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
GOAL: Meet budget
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
GOAL: Build prototype
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
In phase three, the prototype will be moved to Hatay. Once the prototype has been approved, it will be transported to the village in Hatay. The prototype will be used as an example for upcoming sites. The houses will be built in collaboration with local construction firms and builders. This phase will be concluded when the prototype can be used as a stamp which can be implemented in the same village, but also in other villages surrounding Antakya, Hatay. (Starts in November 2023).
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
GOAL: Finish Concept Design
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
GOAL: Meet budget
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
GOAL: Build prototype
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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Help us building our first prototype

Donate now!

https://www.supporttudelft.nl/project/art-tu-delft

We want to thank you in advance on behalf of the whole Architectural Recovery Team and with this you’re also supporting the communities that are heavily impacted by the earthquake!