Earthquake Architecture Explorations

Charleson, Andrew & Taylor, Mark (2004) Earthquake Architecture Explorations. In 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, August 1-6, 2004, Vancouver, Canada.


This paper describes and reviews a design studio undertaken by senior undergraduate architectural students to explore issues of earthquake architecture. After a brief initial phase of broad earthquake engineering literature research, in some cases supplemented by computer and physical modeling, students identified a wide range of earthquake related phenomena capable of providing the basis for generating earthquake architecture. From lists that included geotectonic processes, engineering technologies and human perceptions of earthquakes, students were encouraged to develop two design concepts robust enough to sustain subsequent architectural development. A suburban library and a multi-storey office building functioned as vehicles for the design process. The tested and developed ideas became primary design concepts, informing as many aspects of their designs as possible; guiding both architectural formmaking and the resolution of design details. When integrated with site and programmatic requirements these ideas led to preliminary designs that, to various degrees of success, became examples of earthquake architecture. While the research phase of the project highlighted the diversity of earthquake related ideas that can provide inspiration for designers, the design projects revealed the latent possibilities for further enriching our built environment through earthquake architecture.

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ID Code: 12231
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link). Proceedings published as a CD, paper no. 596, pp 9.
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified (090599)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Andrew Charleson and Mark Taylor
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:55

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