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Self-Sufficient Habitat

Designer: Eren Hatice Gedik

Consultant: Burcu Serdar Köknar

Location: Çan/Çanakkale


The main idea of the design was cultivation in this project. In other words, I provided innovation by integrating the existing habitat with the production system. First, I thought about how ÇAN’s development and change took, and how Çan’s current living environment evolved and changed. I identified the city’s problems in the master plan and formed my design idea based on these problems.

In the design, I started with these two main problems of the city, the thermal power plant, and production. On the master plan, I created areas where living spaces and programs may be intertwined. By integrating the courtyard system into these areas, I tried to relate everything in the master plan.


Thermal Power

Working Area of the Factory


Surrounding Villages

Çanakkale Seramik Factory 

Project site


Houses Formation Process Diagram


Houses are designed with people living alone, in couples, or crowded in mind. The design of the houses was created by using 6x5 rectangles. In other words, the houses were designed by putting rectangles on top of each other or side by side. Also, local people needed areas to dry, store or produce seasonal food. For this reason, terrace or balcony areas had created in every home.

I tried to combine the houses with horizontal and vertical crosses, as in the Ta-Tu-Ta program. The courtyard creation situation continued here as well. This was to create spaces where people living in different houses could interact with each other. Also, it made walking paths and shaded areas between these houses.


The question of how I supply the city with the energy produced by the thermal power plant brought me an idea of a compost system. 

Organic waste produced at home can be converted into biogas with compost and used as electrical and thermal energy. By integrating this system into the project, I achieved energy conversion. Thus, each house will meet electrical energy and biogas with the organic waste it produces.


Biogas can be produced from any organic material such as wood, animal waste, etc. We can use this as an energy source and provide energy transformation. It is a renewable energy source since its resources are not limited.

Kitchen Garbage






Two important things here are Ta-Tu-Ta (Agricultural Tourism Exchange) and recycling. Both offer solutions for the environmental and economic problems of the people here.

The studios were created on the subjects of recycling and agriculture. Recycling studios are Waste Management studio, Recycling Management studio, and Compost Studio. Here, local people will learn how to obtain electricity and thermal energy from the waste they produce. Besides, he will teach others by using what he has learned for tourism. Thus, it will make an economic contribution both to itself and to the city. Also, They will contribute to agriculture by producing fertilizer from waste. Other studios are Olive oil Making Studio, Local Seed produce studio, Vaccination Methods studio, and Planting Methods studio. These studios aim to support the agriculture of the local people and increase their contribution to tourism.


I created a courtyard system by making horizontal and vertical joints in the design. So that was for the programs to interact with each other. Also, this place should be a living place. That's why I created a library, restaurant, cafe, offices, and meeting areas.


Compost Studio
Waste Management
Recycling Management



The courtyard system was created to integrate both programs and living spaces.

Meeting Area


Olive oil Making 
Local Seed produce
Vaccination Methods
Planting Methods


Local Community


Ta-Tu-Ta ensures local people have knowledge and application of agriculture, recycling, and tourism. It is also a program that learns practices from outside visitors and turns them into tourism.


People can perform here, and sell their second-hand items which are public spaces.

The bridge is not just a place to pass, make a living place



The bridges were designed to be livable crossing points connecting the two sides. Each one consists of three different parts. The first is the covered areas where people can do activities such as sales and shows, the second is the area where the people passing by the bridge can walk, and the third is the sitting areas where the people passing by the bridge can rest and watch the scenery.


-Growth substrate
-Filter fabric
-Drainage element
-Protection layer
-Root Barrier
-Insulation layer
-Waterproofing membrane 
-Roof deck
-Corten Steel 

The aim here is to experience the river by looking down from where people sit.

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