World Housing Encyclopedia


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This site contains an interactive web based encyclopedia of housing construction types in earthquake prone areas of the world developed by over 180 engineers and architects from 50 countries. The encyclopedia is in the form of a searchable database of characteristic housing construction types in various countries with emphasis on earthquake related features, including strength and vulnerabilities. Each housing construction type has been described in a standard form using over 60 different pieces of information, including architectural and structural features, socio economic, seismic features, performance in past earthquakes, codes and construction practices, and known seismic strengthening techniques used in a particular country. In addition to the text and numerical information, several illustrations are also included in the database




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