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TitleSeismic-resistant building practices resulting from local seismic culture
Author(s)Ortega Heras, Javier
Vasconcelos, Graça
Correia, Mariana
KeywordsSeismic-resistant building practices
Seismic culture
Issue date2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Abstract(s)Considering that vernacular architecture may bear important lessons on hazard mitigation, this chapter focuses on the European Mediterranean countries and studies traditional seismic-resistant architectural elements and techniques that local populations developed to prevent or repair earthquake damage. This area was selected as a case study because, as a highly seismic region, it has suffered the effect of many earthquakes along the history and, thus, regions within this area are prone to have developed a Local Seismic Culture. After reviewing seismic resistant construction concepts, a wide range of traditional construction solutions that, in many cases, have shown to improve the seismic performance of vernacular constructions of these regions is presented, as a contribution to the general overview of retrofitting building systems provided in this book. The main motivation is that most of these techniques can be successfully applied to preserve and to retrofit surviving examples without prejudice for their identity.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
Appears in Collections:ISISE - Capítulos/Artigos em Livros Internacionais

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