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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BF6/S27.013

EARTHQUAKE ARCHITECTURE- TRANSDISCIPLINARY BRANCH THAT GENERATES LOCAL IDENTITY

R. Oprita, V. Gioncu
Tuesday 6 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Nano, Bio And Green – Technologies For A Sustainable Future, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-06-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, 617 - 624 pp

ABSTRACT

Earthquake Architecture, as it is defined and generally understood, envisages a degree of architectural expression in structural elaboration of the buildings, in accordance with the principles of seismic design.
Earthquake Architecture is a common branch of architecture and structural engineering that combines efficiency of seismic design with beauty. Earthquake Architecture is a structural art, a liaison of art and technology in order to obtain in edifices the best response to the dynamic forces of the Earth.
In the contemporary context of the transition from the arborescent knowledge of the dictionary type to the labyrinthine knowledge system of the encyclopedic type, Earthquake Architecture cannot be seen and understood only as an artistic expression of seismic mitigation measures. Earthquake Architecture represents much more than the previously stated.
It is the transdisciplinary field in which the spectrum of subjects studied is much larger and should include, besides architecture and structural engineering, earth sciences, biology, physics, theology, etc...
Earthquake Architecture is the human response to environmental conditions developed under the Earth’s crust and carried out to surface through dynamic actions.
The lesson of nature is essential for this kind of architecture because natural evolution offers usually the best solutions as answer to the challenges of these dynamic actions.
Earthquake Architecture is a power development mechanism and a generator of buildings that incorporate on one side the optimal answer to stability and resistance to environmental conditions and on the other hand to intrinsic aesthetic values.
The creation of such objects in the built environment represents local points in human habitat network to which the society can relate to.
Aesthetic value of seismic architecture may reference to the common fund of human values (either archetypal or modern) thus reaching the state of artifacts of human collective identity. Through them, as can be seen in the course of history, local, national or in some cases universal brands can be generated.

Keywords: Earthquake Architecture, transdisciplinarity, urban landscape, local identity, brand