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Seismic Skyscrapers and bamboo buildings: How to engineer innovative architecture in earthquake-prone regions

BritCham / CBBC
Event type Britcham - CBBC Event
Date Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Time 16:00-16:15 Registration
16:15-17:45 Presentation and Q&A
Open for All welcome
Cost Members 100 RMB Non-Members 200 RMB
Contacts Hayley Thomas, hayley.thomas@britishchamber.cn, (86 10) 8525 1111ext 704
Venue The British Center
Organiser BritCham / CBBC
Address Room 1001, China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Avenue, Beijing, China 100020, Tel:8525 1111
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Crumbling buildings in Christchurch, devastation from the Tohoku quake and tsunami in Japan, and mass destruction in the Sichuan Wenchuan seismic shake; over the past five years, earthquakes have caused catastrophic damage in Asia with what seems to be increasing regularity. This leads us to question: how are we adapting our buildings to deal with this seismic activity?

Join us for a talk in which we will outline the challenges of achieving groundbreaking architecture and engineering in seismically active regions, requiring the engineer to think beyond the limits of conventional design codes. We’ll take a look at how to tackle the design of seemingly impossible buildings, to making the complex connections between architectural concept and structural strength in the face of natural disasters. As well as taking a closer look at post disaster reconstruction projects with special focus on engineered bamboo projects in Sichuan.

Issues addressed during the event include:

  • What is an earthquake and how do they cause damage?
  • Key lessons from recent quakes and how Asia’s building scene is adapting to these.
  • Innovative methods to provide earthquake resistance for complex buildings
  • An introduction to engineered bamboo materials and their properties
  • A look at the INBAR engineered bamboo project in Sichuan and what it is trying to achieve

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of interest to anyone in the construction industry, as well as all who are interested in the groundbreaking architecture produced in China and Asia in recent years.

Guest Speakers

-          Chas Pope, Arup

Chas Pope is an Associate in Arup’s Beijing office with more than 12 years of experience in multidisciplinary building design, since graduating from Cambridge University as a structural engineer. He has been working in China since 2003, when he transferred from London to work on the design of the CCTV New Headquarters. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of multidisciplinary building engineering design projects throughout the East Asia region, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. He has worked closely with renowned architects including OMA (Rem Koolhaas), Ole Scheeren, Foster+Partners, Cesar Pelli and MASS Studies.

-          Oliver Frith, Global Bamboo Housing Programme

 Mr. Oliver Frith has an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge. He has worked at INBAR’s Beijing Headquarters for five years, managing bamboo-based livelihood development projects in Asia and East Africa. As the coordinator for INBAR’s Global Bamboo Housing Programme, Mr. Frith’s current interests and responsibilities are supporting the development of pro-poor, bamboo construction value chains in INBAR member countries and coordinating work on the standardization and building codes for bamboo.

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