• Ottoman Heritage


Wood-framed stone and mud-brick buildings can be found throughout the Balkans, Turkey, Armenia, and the Middle East. The practice is particularly effective in seismic zones. The stone foundation acts as a damp course against rising damp, and the wood framework as the skeleton that supports the floors and roofs if the walls collapse during an earthquake. The wood sills/ring beams installed at regular intervals knit the vertical framework together and dampen the impact of seismic shaking. The floor and roof wood framing acts as a diaphragm.
The following areas of research are contemplated:

  • What are the historical origins of this anti-seismic typology?
  • Did the Ottoman Empire affect the spread of this form or was it already prevalent?
  • What are the typical characteristics and shared-built heritage of the wood-framed masonry vernacular structure?
  • What are the energy-efficiencies of this type of architecture?
  • How does this form behave structurally in a seismic event?
  • What is the performance of this typology in terms of risk preparedness? What is the survival rate of this form of architecture following seismic activity in relationship to other typologies?
  • What variations of this form have evolved for denser urban settings?
  • What is the current rate survival of this vernacular construction?
  • Has this form of vernacular architecture been well documented?
  • What steps are being taken to raise awareness about the efficacy of this form in resisting seismic activities and in sustainability?
  • Are there case studies for adaptive reuse?

Important Dates

Notification of the attendance by filling the registration form
Sept 30, 2017
Submission of Abstracts
Jan 15, 2018
Acceptance of abstracts
Feb 19, 2018
Full paper submission
April 20, 2018
Final Acceptance of Full papers
May 31, 2018
Submission of Revised Papers
June 09, 2018
Sending Copyright agreement
June 09, 2018
Symposium Presentations
July 10-13, 2018