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SELECTIVE DEMOLITION OF REDUNDANT AND EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN TURKEY

When a building reaches the end of its useful life or suffers severe damage during a disaster, it has to be demolished. However, not much is known about how the demolition work proceeds, or how is it regulated in Turkey; what machinery, tools and techniques are used; what material is salvaged and what dumped as waste; and how it is disposed off. Answers to these questions were sought through research conducted in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, as well as in earthquake affected areas in Turkey. Safety was an issue that became a concern during the course of these studies.