Architectural Expression of Seismic Strengthening

Charleson, Andrew, Preston, Julieanna, & Taylor, Mark (2001) Architectural Expression of Seismic Strengthening. Earthquake Spectra, 17(3), pp. 417-426.


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Current seismic strengthening approaches to historic buildings place emphasis upon concealing engineering technologies. This study investigates, through a process of architectural and structural engineering design, the architectural possibilities inherent in a completely different approach. Recognising both conservation concerns and the architectural qualities of two existing earthquake prone buildings, the study explores seismic strengthening strategies that are exposed to view in order to contribute, in both a physical and aesthetic sense, a layer of architectural richness. A 1960s eight storey reinforced concrete office building and a three storey unreinforced masonry building are the subject of theoretical seismic strengthening schemes. The paper describes the buildings, the strengthening approaches from both architectural and structural engineering perspectives, and comments on the outcome with respect to conservation guidelines. Although the proposed schemes challenge some sections of the guidelines, the authors believe the exposed structure enhances the existing architecture, and in so doing suggests an alternative approach for seismic retrofitting.

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ID Code: 11666
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Architecture Philosophy, Aesthetics, Interior Design
DOI: 10.1193/1.1586182
ISSN: 8755-2930
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture) (120502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 (The authors)
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:55

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