Join SMARTnet

‘If each person solves the small problems over which they have control, then the larger problems will disappear’. (Confucius 551-478 BC)

About SMARTnet

What is the best foundation, how do we make a safe roof, what reinforcements are needed in the walls? These basic questions remain still unanswered for vernacular seismic architecture.

We invite students, professionals, and experts from all over the world to join our project SMARTnet. We have created design challenges and research projects that meet the global sustainable development goals, aiming to develop safe and simple building solutions and to improve the overall building quality in seismic areas.

Project SMARTnet is a 100% open-source platform and collaborates with a global network of universities, earthquake institutes, and world-known specialists in this field.
Smart Shelter will act as the overall umbrella. We create networks, connect people, set up collaborations and enable the exchange of knowledge. We collect the results and manage the information streams.
With a group of experts, we will test and validate new data to supplement the current knowledge and create practical and clear information.

Student assignments are being executed at your university or institute, within your curriculum and time frame.
Our research disciplines include Architecture, Building Science, Civil, Structural and Earthquake engineering, Geotechnics, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Product Design.

If you would like to join, please send us an email at or via our contact page

Experts & Reviewers

We are looking for experts and reviewers who are specialized in non-engineered techniques, vernacular architecture, and low-tech earthquake engineering. And specialists in alternative construction, use of natural materials, and reuse of recyclables.
We would like to exchange knowledge, receive input, and share experiences.

Currently, we are seeking your expertise for the following topics:

Seismic Engineering – Rubble Stone Masonry – Material Properties -Seismic Testing- Seismic Modeling.

If you have any questions, or you would like to request a topic for research, please contact us at or via our contact page.

Your input is very valuable to us!

Students & Faculties

We believe in collaborations and SMARTnet  will be THE place to work with fellow students around the world, technical experts and Aid Industry professionals. We welcome students from universities and polytechnics with a study in Architecture or Engineering. The research assignments have a duration of at least 6 months, if you only have a timeline of 3-6 months we can discuss if it is feasible, less than 3 months it is not possible to join. All assignments will be conducted at your own university or polytechnic. You can choose to research on your own, or in a group.

Our Research assignments are divided in different categories. Please choose a topic that fits in, or is complementary to your study:

On you can create an account for your research, you can follow discussions, seek for experts and fellow students who can help you to bring your research to a success!

If you have any questions, please contact us on or

Requests: What research do you need?

Are you looking for a specific piece of information in the abundance of books, manuals and documents out there; but you really can’t find it?

Do you question the validity of a certain bit of knowledge that you have read somewhere, and you want to know if it is really correct and true?

Have you found a niche or missing knowledge regarding a certain topic, but you don’t have the time or expertise to figure it all out yourself?

Please let us know what kind of information or knowledge you are looking for, and we may be able to add your request to our research programs. Inquire about the possibilities, or describe your request for further research here.