Faculty Advisor

FitzPatrick, Malcolm S.


Istanbul, the capital of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires for over a millennium, had a distinct and historical role in the world. Today, with increased immigrations and poorly developed settlements, the distinct cultural heritage of Istanbul has deteriorated. Furthermore, the infrastructure is inadequate. Most importantly, the earthquake fault lines in Marmara Sea are expected to "break" within the next 30 years, causing chaos to the city of Istanbul and its inhabitants. In order to plan for such a devastating event, the impact of an earthquake and tsunami were evaluated to determine the best urban planning to preserve Istanbul's complex historical sites, while addressing physical (structural) and infrastructural problems.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering