🕑 Reading time: 1 minuteThere are several architectural features that critically influence the seismic resistance capacity of structures. Building architectural features include overall shape, size and geometry, in addition to how the earthquake forces are carried to the ground. Each of these architectural features has significant bearing on the performance of the building during earthquakes. Regarding the importance of building configuration, Henry Degenkolb said that “If we have a poor configuration to start with, all the engineer can do is to provide a band-aid - improve a basically poor solution as best as he can. Conversely, if we start-off with a good configuration and reasonable framing system, even a poor engineer cannot harm its ultimate performance too much.” Therefore, at the planning stage itself, architects and structural engineers must work together in order to avoid undesired architectural features and come up with good building configuration. When irregular features are included in buildings, a considerably higher level of engineering effort is required in the structural design and yet the building may not be as good as one with simple architectural features.
How Architectural Features Affect Seismic Resistance of Structures?
- Size of Buildings
- Horizontal Layout of Buildings
- Vertical Layout of Buildings
- Adjacency of Buildings