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Traditional Earthquake-resistant Construction in the East Aegean Sea: The Case of Eresos and Pergamon

Karydis, Nikolaos (2008) Traditional Earthquake-resistant Construction in the East Aegean Sea: The Case of Eresos and Pergamon. In: 3rd National Conference of Antiseismic Engineering and Technical Seismology. .

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The author investigates previously unknown, anti-seismic construction systems used at vernacular buildings of the settlements of Eresos, in the island of Lesvos, in the east of Greece, and in the settlement of Bergama, in the western coast of Turkey. The buildings examined employ techniques that differ significantly from conventional traditional building practice in the area. This building system resembles traditional anti-seismic structures of the Mediterranean like the ones of Calabria (Italy) and Leukada (Greece). Structures in Bergama and Eresos employ both autonomous masonry walls and timber frames with extensive ‘x’ bracing. During an earthquake, these frames could guarantee the stability of the roof in case of a partial collapse of the masonry structure. That building system seems to be based on advanced structural principles, such as the one of energy dissipation. It thus represents one of the earliest surviving architectural responses to earthquake danger in Greece and Turkey.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Earthquake-resistant construction, Eresos, Pergamon, Vernacular Architecture, Aegean Sea
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > Architecture
Depositing User: Nikolaos Karydis
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 20:44 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:28 UTC
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