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10.5 Million People In Lives In Istanbul Old Housing Over The Age Of 17

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Urban Transformation and Urbanism Foundation (KENTSEV) research on housing stock in Turkey found that 10.5 million people in 6 major cities of the country live in buildings aged 17 and over.

  • According to Kentsev research, 33 million people live in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa, Antalya and Kocaeli, in which approximately 2.9 million people live, 17 years of age and older were found. 10.5 million people live in these houses, which are in the status of elderly housing and are in the risk group.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Urban Transformation and Urbanism Foundation, who noted that the elderly housing stock is especially dense in old settlements, urban transformation is a situation that concerns not only Istanbul, but also the whole of Turkey. We surveyed the housing stock of 6 major cities, where 40 percent of the country's population lives about 33 million people. Because there is a direct relationship between the aging of Housing and the earthquake. That's why it was important that we put forward this research so that we could dispose of elderly housing, he said.


Turkish iClassified shared the following information about the research:

  • 1.4 million of the 4.6 million houses in Istanbul, 540 thousand of the 1.8 million houses in Ankara, 510 thousand of the 1.5 million houses in Izmir, 206 thousand of the 940 thousand houses in Bursa, 106 thousand of the 820 thousand houses in Antalya and 116 thousand of the 580 thousand houses in Kocaeli are 17 years of age and over. According to TurkStat data, the average household population was 3.8 in Istanbul, 3.6 in Ankara, 3.4 in Izmir, 3.7 in Bursa, 3.6 in Antalya and 3.9 in Kocaeli. When these two figures are multiplied, approximately 5.3 million people in Istanbul, 1.9 million people in Ankara, 1.7 million people in Izmir, 765 thousand people in Bursa, 383 thousand people in Antalya and 452 thousand people in Kocaeli live in risky homes.
  • He pointed out that improvement is impossible without data, and in our previous research, we also determined the number of damaged homes in the districts. We have determined how many people will be affected by this disaster in a possible earthquake in six cities that we have conducted research. It parallels the relationship between housing and the number of people who will be affected, he said.


  • Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences of Bahcesehir University stated that Turkey is located in a geography where the risk of earthquakes is high. Cem newborn, Istanbul, with the population living in it, faces a serious risk. Several studies are being done to reduce this risk. In our studies based on Turkey and Istanbul, we see that 80 percent of the housing construction stock was made in the 2000s. Serious work is being carried out on how housing can be renewed or strengthened. High-tech devices placed on the decks and mezzanines of buildings serve as a column before an earthquake. He said it minimizes the damage that can occur during the earthquake, minimizing the losses that can be experienced.


  • A Turkish doctor who said that the risk increases depending on the state of proximity to the fault Cem neonatal, floor, building features and engineering operations are very important. Three concepts that we call safety, economic and aesthetic are important to us when designing. We have to think about the economy while we try to ensure security. If a building gives you an opportunity to evacuate the building without killing you, that building has done its duty for us. We can use methods such as earthquake insulation and dampeners. Instead of detecting risky structures, you can choose to strengthen directly. A building in an area with a very smooth floor can be damaged more than a building in a weak area if it has received improper engineering services. It is necessary to look at the building to make the correct diagnosis, he said.