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Seismic Approach to Urban Design

Author Affiliations

  • 1Faculty of Art and Architecture, University of Zabol, IRAN

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 72-76, August,2 (2015)


Earthquake-concerning urban design, which is based on building cities in safer zones, makes communities less vulnerable to severe earthquakes and their consequent risks. Ideally, this type of urban design enables the city’s infrastructure and its core structures to avoid the disabilities and shortages caused by the earthquake and thus simplify the repair and reconstruction processes. It also decreases the social vulnerability. Therefore, in this paper, first the concept and principles of earthquake-concerning urban design is explained to describe the framework of the research. Then the interdisciplinary interaction, analysis and classification of micro-zonation maps, tsunami and fires after the earthquake will be discussed. The final conclusion of the paper is the summary result of the analysis given in each section and is presented as design approach. Now the key question is that, according to the principles of earthquake-concerning urban design, whether it will possible to ease the repair and rebuild after the earthquake.The data collection method is the library type. The studies are in fact seeking to apply the principles, to show that the built environment around us, including homes, offices, schools and hospitals... have a better chance to survive the devastation caused by severe earthquakes. A correct seismic design enables the building to stay persistent without damage to low-intensity shocks, and not to subvert in the face of severe earthquakes.


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