Kureken 2013: Designing a new village with rammed earth construction in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Cicek B.

International Conference on Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture (CIAV) / VerSus / 7th ATP, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, 16 - 20 October 2013, pp.263-268 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Vila Nova de Cerveira
  • Country: Portugal
  • Page Numbers: pp.263-268
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The construction of a new dam around the city of Tunceli (existing in the Eastern Anatolian Region of Turkey) caused a necessary relocation of Kureken village which is located within the borders of Tunceli. This study has been conceptualized on the idea to generate a functional master plan for the local settlement of Kurken village within its new borders on a new si. In these terms, first of all, this project is predicted to be an example for similar local settlements which share similar climatic, architectural and conditional characteristics. Secondly, the study aims to offer a contemporary rammed earthen construction based on the analysis of the still existing village; its tradition, evolution within the last 30 years, its architectural and rural characteristics. In order to improve the new earthen construction technique against the earthquake loads, this study technically offers a new stabilization method called "Alker".