“WORK SALVAGE BANK” is a system that can protect earthquake-survivors not only physically but also helps with continuing their occupation in the aftermath of a disaster. There are 6 phases of the disaster recovery process, which are 1 Disaster, 2 Rescue, 3 Evacuation, 4 Reconstruction, 5 Recovery, and then 6 Daily life. Physical protection tools are supplied to the victims. But something for recovery phase should also be delivered so that the people can relieve their stress.


There is a Turkish organization working on earthquakes called AFAD. They have 23 warehouses in Turkey. After a disaster, AFAD supplies shelter, water, and food for the survivors in every region oh Turkey within two hours. In order to deliver the supplies, shipping containers have been used. The storage areas and the method of delivery used by the organization will become a part of the Work Salvage Bank.


Before a disaster
People who want to use the services of the bank can apply to AFAD and they will receive an emergency kit. Necessary physical protection tools are already included in the kit. What the user will have to do is to put their most important things, for example, basic tools of their jobs. The kit is locked and sent back to AFAD. It is then placed in a shipping container until “that day” comes.

After a disaster
The shipping containers will be delivered to a park where most local people tend to go. Here they will receive their own individual kits. The kit will provide a small private space once it is opened and the user can continue with his work. Empty shipping containers will also be used to create the working space.



Gülhane Park in Istanbul was chosen as a real-world example. The rescue area will be for people within a radius of one kilometer.
-Gülhane Park is located near harbors and craftsmen area
-The park has an area of 123,000m2
-20,944 people are working within a radius of 1km
-1 shipping container (40 feet) can store 1,232 kits
-People can be possibly saved with 16 shipping containers
-The containers will be delivered from Yalova


Everybody has unique memories and occupations. What I want to save with my design is not only people’s lives but also tangible proof of the life they had before the disaster. Local people live in fear and worry because no one knows when and where an earthquake will strike. I hope that the Work Salvage Bank will help people to prepare for that coming day with a better attitude.


Sevince Bayrak (professor of Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture MEF)
Özgür Bulut Gümrükcü
and other students of MEF university