Hope On Water
by SO?

‘Hope on water’ is an interdisciplinary research project, conducted by SO?, which includes an educational experiment and a prototype ‘Fold&Float’.

In 2001, Istanbul designated the ‘emergency assembly points’ in the case of an earthquake. Most of these public spaces have been built upon, which raises the question of where everyone will be housed in the case of emergency.

The idea of designing a speculative prototype of a floating emergency house came out of this fact: what if the response is not about stable land, but manageable water?

‘Fold&Float’, is a foldable structure made out of light steel construction, especially developed for emergency situations as its light and foldable structure provides rapid and easy installation in the case of an emergency. The unit is composed of two main parts: an upper structure, and a floating pontoon made of concrete. 

The concept of a foldable fully equipped unit comes from the result of a research displaying that earthquake victims generally spend at least one year in temporary housing after the disaster.

The Fold&Float structure is now floating on Golden Horn, an area that will not be impacted by an earthquake’s tsunami. The prototype can be seen floating at the Earth School satellite at Rahmi M. Koç Museum.

It was an educational project done for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial” in collaboration with civil engineering, sociology and architecture students.

Author SO? (Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş, Elif Çivici, Derya Ertan, Gülce Yuyar, Selcen Fidan, Selin Çubukçuoğlu)
Consultants Emre Otay, Boğaziçi University Coastal Engineering Lab (Coastal Engineering)
Sponsors Metal Yapı, Fibrobeton, Aluform Pekintaş, Polinet
Photography Kayhan Kaygusuz
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Surface 18m2
Year 2018

The Ordnance Pavilion Green Gallery YAP MAXXI Courtyard Transversal Collaborations Cinemapepe Belvedere Lesser Houses Out of Character

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