The evolution of resilience architecture has reached such a point that it is recognized as best practice in many instances.
Natural disasters have made a marked impact on both the built and natural environments, with the former costing billions of dollars and even greater costs in terms of human life.
In order to celebrate the best of the best in this growing field, this September the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto will play host to the exhibit ‘Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the edge’, curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.
The exhibition will focus on the links between engineering and architecture and how these two distinct practices can come together and work harmoniously in order to create state of the art earthquake-resilient structures. Not only will this include particularly clever seismic design, it will also feature new technologies and the behind-the-scenes research that goes into delivery some of the world’s safest buildings.
These buildings will include the Taipei Performing Arts Center in China, the CCTV building designed both by architectural firm OMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco by Daniel Libeskind and Studio SKLIM’s earthquake-proof home in Japan.
The works and assessments of global structural engineering experts Arup, who have contributed to an extensive number of major iconic developments, will also be featured.
All of the developments showcased will include seismic technology and information on how it is integrated into the architectural forms, as well as design renderings and various other multimedia presentations.
Lectures will also be held to further educate and innovate those attending.
Recognizing those who go beyond standards practice in terms of both safety and innovation is incredibly relevant in a modern industry. While the industry is incredibly focused on building in an environmentally responsible way, it is important that same high standards in one sector spread throughout the building world.