rapidly deployable street (RDS), istanbul, 2000 masterplan / urban intervention / residential

Various measurements were taken on the streets of Istanbul, to investigate the existing urban fabric of the city. The conceptual relationships between measuring the number of views, pathways and volumetric street proportions were then infiltrated into space formulas. Subsequently, these were used to propose both spatial and physical relationships, in order to design the rapidly deployable street. The project was set in the earthquake affected area in Turkey, in the period after two major catastrophic earthquakes that struck the northwest of the country in 1999.

In these circumstances, a rapidly deployable system was proposed to connect the affected families and provide basic infrastructure and shelter. By using the street space formulas, various communal spaces were proposed (blanket storage, tea space, communal kitchen, sofa space, public lavatory, corridor space, etc.) within the RDS. The structure was then organised by assemblage of lightweight modular elements.

author: Jelena Jovik, ongoing research - SED+ME