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

Project SMARTnet will be THE place to work with fellow students, technical experts, and aid industry professionals around the world. We welcome students worldwide from universities and polytechnics with a study in Architecture or Engineering.

The research assignments are designed as final-year or thesis assignments and 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. If you have less than 3 months, unfortunately, it is not possible to join. All assignments will be conducted at your own university or polytechnic.

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

If you have any questions, please send us an email at or via our contact page.

We will help you bring your research to success!

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?

Have you found a niche or missing knowledge regarding a specific 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.