Zeidler Partnership Architects Interview Part 6: Earthquakes



Engineering Mexico’s safest building: the black art of designing for earthquakes.

Qasim Virjee
Zeidler Partnership Architects, Carolina Eyzaguirre, Elise Hodson, Qasim Virjee
march 2006
Mexico City, MEXICO
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Transcript

Engineering Mexico’s safest building: the black art of designing for earthquakes. Eley: "We were once told by a very dear engineer friend of ours, I mean as a firm, that it’s a black art. And every time a major earthquake happens the engineering opinion on how to design for seismic situations begins to change based on the way buildings designed in the interim have actually reacted." Dalibor: "It is a surprising discovery that the tall buildings actually behave much better than the buildings around ten storeys which are the most dangerous buildings in terms of collapse. Its like if the tower is long enough to flexibly deal with the movement, it’s ok, whereas the small buildings they just break. Mexico City is similar to California in having a stringent watch on earthquakes so they [the two cities] actually cooperated in terms of research and in terms of how to apply techniques to evacuate and fight fires."


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