NON-STRUCTURAL MITIGATION AGAINST EARTHQUAKE: A CASE STUDY OF
Nevra Ertürk * and Bilgen Sungay**
* Research Assistant, Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Art and Design, Museum Studies Graduate
Program and Art Management Program, firstname.lastname@example.org
* * Architect, Project Development Team, Bogazici University, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake
Research Institute (KOERI), Disaster Preparedness Education Program, email@example.com
The exposure of the Marmara and Aegean regions of Turkey to a major and devastating
earthquake in the future is now a deterministic rather than probablistic reality. An
earthquake will put the rich and irreplaceable cultural heritage of world civilizations exhibited
and stored in Istanbul Museums at great peril. The tourism sector in the Marmara Region
rests heavily on preservation of this cultural heritage. Protecting this heritage and the
tourism sector that depends on it, involves disaster preparedness education, business
resumption planning and most importantly seismic mitigation of the collections themselves.
2. Information about Istanbul Museums
There are approximately 200 public museums in Turkey, administered by the General
Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums, Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and
Tourism. Additionally, 98 museums in Turkey are under various other public and private
institutions, agencies and foundations with oversight by Republic of Turkey, Ministry of
Culture and Tourism.
Istanbul, the most populous city in Turkey, has approximately 50 public and private
museums which daily host thousands of visitors.
The content of Istanbul Museums’ collections are classified as follows: history, ethnography,
art, textile, archaeology, industry and technology, military, aviation, calligraphy and
decorative arts (T.C. Kultur Bakanligi, 2002).
3. Description of the Project
The project entitled “Seismic Conservation of Historical and Cultural Treasures of a World