Seismic Architecture: Learning from the Japan Experience

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We are sharing this with you in response to the earthquake earlier today. Building earthquake resistant structures is an ongoing challenge and is continually designing for and sensitive to its earthquake prone location. Their research includes the E-Defense Shake Table in which is one of the most prominent shaking tables associated with earthquake engineering research.

Structures such as the Yokohama Landmark Tower utilize earthquake resistant techniques incorporating a flexible structure to absorb the force of earthquakes. Also a simple roller bearing technique is often integrated into a design, isolating the base of a building and providing protection of various building and non-building structures against potentially damaging lateral impacts of strong earthquakes. Sometimes this metallic bearing support is adapted to provide seismic isolation for skyscrapers and buildings on soft ground.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Seismic Architecture: Learning from the Japan Experience" 11 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Willy

    Kudos to the Japanese building engineers and the politicians that introduced strict anti-seismic regulations. They just saved many millions of lives.