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Seismic Isolation for Architects


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Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. History, Requirements and Principles of Seismic Isolation 3. Seismic Isolation Systems and Hardware 4. Effectiveness of Seismic Isolation 5. Benefits and Limitations of Seismic Isolation 6. Seismic Isolation and Architectural Form 7. Retrofitting 8. Design Aspects 9. Economics of Seismic Isolation 10. Construction and Maintenance 11. Conclusions Index

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Andrew Charleson is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A structural engineer with many years' earthquake engineering experience, he now teaches Structures. He has previously authored two books, Seismic Design for Architects and Structure as Architecture. Adriana Guisasola is an architect and Associate Professor in Structures at the Faculty of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Mendoza University, Argentina. She is in the process of completing her doctoral thesis on "Architecture and Base Isolation". She has authored many papers for world conferences on earthquake engineering and seismic isolation, energy dissipation, and active vibration control of structures. Between them, the authors have been actively involved in the design and construction of three seismically isolated buildings and have visited and studied over 60 more in 11 different countries.


"I believe that this very well written and documented book will be very useful to architects worldwide. In fact, it explains the features and advantages of seismic isolation in a very useful way to architects, by stressing the fact that, thanks to this technique, it is possible not only to make buildings much safer at limited additional construction costs (if any), but also to allow for adopting architectural solutions that could never be applicable to conventionally founded buildings." - Alessandro Martelli, President of the Italian Association GLIS, Founding President and present Vice-President of the Anti-Seismic Systems International Society (ASSISi), and former Professor of "Constructions in Seismic Areas" at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, Italy

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