The overall aim of the project is to help reduce the vulnerability of buildings to seismic risks in rural and disadvantaged urban areas of Iran. The project, which has received financial support from the European Union, also aims to contribute to the development of a safer, more sustainable built environment.

The specific aim of the project is to strengthen the capacities of local organizations working in the construction sector, in order to develop constructive solutions and knowledge contributing to risk reduction.

This project proposes to implement complementary activities contributing to risk reduction and improved living conditions. These activities will include:

  • field study and surveys,
  • practical workshops and training courses,
  • training courses and training of trainers,
  • information and awareness campaigns,
  • website,
  • publications on technical, sociological and methodological issues,
  • curriculum development.


Restoration of the Tabayi house, 2010
In 2010, an inhabited but badly dilapidated house in the old fabric was restored. The project served as a platform for technicians to exchange experiences. The restoration work involved 36 people and lasted 14 days, removing the most fragile points of the house, which made the structure extremely vulnerable in the event of an earthquake. In addition to a large number of craftsmen, the project brought together representatives of the Ardakan municipality, members of ICCHTO, the Iranian heritage agency, and representatives of the Hamyaran NGO.

The house was selected for its advanced state of disrepair, but also for the authenticity of its architecture, representing the town of Ardakan well. This activity would not have been possible without the help of the community, who prepared the site.

The Manual
An illustrated manual explaining each stage of the restoration project was prepared in 2010. It is intended to serve as a guide for owners of mud houses, heritage technicians and decision-makers working in Ardakan's old town.


CRAterre, Hamyaran, ICHHTO, European Union