On Thu, 12 May 2011 14:10:09 -0700 (PDT), RicodJour wrote:
it was probably mounted on those things like they use in SF these days.
ao that when you do have a quake, all the building does is rock back and
forth a little.
did you note that their was music heard from the built in sound system?
According to the article they reduced the mass of the building by using
steel slabs instead of concrete and they were able to incorporate hefty
steel columns in the architecture. Maybe the article missed relevant
details but that doesn't look very innovative. While the steel
orthotropic slab thing tends to be too cost-prohibitive and therefore used
mostly to bridges, the column thing tends to be avoided because architects
shy away from big, imposing columns in their projects. Other than that,
it appears to be a regular structure designed to widstand the expected
The earthquake video is very interesting, though.
Rather than point loads, ie., columns, spread it over a broad distance
of smaller supports, thus lightening all of it and less apt to sway.
The foundation acted like a shock absorber on the effects of the
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