Earthquake Architecture


The isolated "Dome Building" of the Emergency Management Centre in Foligno, Italy designed by Alberto Parducci (University of Perugia) & Guido Tommesani (Regione Umbria)
- Marco Mezzi et al.

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Special Session at 15WCEE for Architects and Urban Planners

As part of a new initiative to involve architecture and planning in improving resilience, a special session on architecture and urban planning at the 15WCEE in Lisbon in September has been organized. If you are interested in the special session, or if you like to be involved in the initiative, please contact Adriana Guisasola at

If you will not be attending the 15WCEE, you can find out more information about the initiative on the organizers' blog at:

Special Session #27-10. The role of architecture and urban planning in the earthquake-resilience of cities: Encouraging cross-disciplinary engagement


It is vital that the design disciplines, as well as earthquake engineering disciplines and policy-makers, all understand the effects that design and planning decisions have on resilience. The objective of this session is to establish an international communication network for further discussion of these topics and sharing of knowledge:

  • Strengthening of communication and collaboration between earthquake engineering disciplines (structural engineering, seismology, lifelines engineering, emergency response and social sciences); architectural, urban planning and landscape architecture disciplines; and policy-makers and government authorities
  • Establishing a common vocabulary of earthquake-resilience terminology across disciplines.
  • Active participation of architects and urban planners in the development of regulations that affect the earthquake-resilience of buildings.
  • Development and implementation of a cross-disciplinary approach in the design of cities, and the consideration of the city as a system where all components are interrelated.
  • Participation of city officials, decision makers and associations of architects and urban planners in controlling the application of seismic concepts in the design, planning and construction processes of the built components of cities
  • Teaching cross-discipline courses in undergraduate and graduate schools of architecture, city urban planning and structural engineering, including the influence of urban planning and architectural configurations on seismic resilience of cities.

Conveners: Teresa Guevara-Perez, Luke Allen, Alice C. Tavares, Adriana Guisasola, Antonio Aretxabala-Diez

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