Horizons examines how earthquake regions can build more disaster proof buildings

This ten-part second series of Horizons travels across the globe to destinations including Brazil, China, Israel and Turkey to find out about the business ideas that could shape mankind's future."
Date: 31.10.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.10
Category: BBC World News
On Friday 4 November, the BBC World News Horizons series visits Turkey to find out how engineers are building more disaster resistant buildings in response to an increase of natural disasters in the region.

Horizons presenter, Adam Shaw, finds out how engineers are building more disaster resistant buildings that, in an increasingly densely populated world, can stand up to the threat of natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Adam travels to one of the most active earthquake regions on the planet, Turkey, which lies on the North Anatolian fault line. He looks at the latest technology behind the recently completed Sabiha Gokcen Airport, which claims to be the largest earthquake resistant building in the world, and climbs to the top of Europe's tallest skyscraper to see how it's been designed to withstand the forces of nature.

Assistant Producer, Aisling Browne says, "Istanbul has a unique skyline of minarets and cranes with ancient structures being joined by some of Europe's grandest new sky scrapers. The people we met inspired the confidence that these new buildings were built well enough to stand as long as the mosques and towers that have, until now, defined the skyline."

Adam speaks to a number of engineering experts in Turkey including Dr Mustafa Erdik, Professor of Earthquake Engineering at the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute; Mr Veysel Dogan from EPS Turkey (the company behind the technology at the airport); Dr Erdal Safak, Chairman of the Department of Earthquake Engineering at Bogazici University; and Mr Irfan Baliouglu, Structural Engineer at Balkar Engineering.

This ten-part second series of Horizons travels across the globe to destinations including Brazil, China, Israel and Turkey to find out about the business ideas that could shape mankind's future.

The Horizons series, sponsored by DuPont, airs weekly on Fridays at 23:30, Saturdays at 02:30 and 15:30, and Sunday’s at 9:30 and 21:30 (all times GMT). For programme highlights and an insight into the future of global business visit www.horizonsbusiness.com. For all the latest news, behind-the-scenes pictures/videos and updates from Adam Shaw please follow at facebook.com/horizonsTVseries and/or on twitter at @horizonsbiz.

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