Completed Seismic Design Project Competition – Mcgill University
Last year, after the devastating earthquake in Japan, we did a small piece on the history of seismic ready architecture. The taller buildings in Tokyo were able to withstand the effects of the earthquake (which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale) thanks to the seismic design features built into their architecture. There exists in certain locations around the world a need to negate the effects of natures most devastating powers, and to that end, we are delighted to present a call for project entrants from McGill University – Considering the Quake, Seismic Design on the Edge’.
Curators Dr. Effie Bouras and Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, are seeking completed building projects and research that engage innovative approaches to seismic design for an exhibit that will be held at the internationally renowned Design Exchange in downtown Toronto Canada during the months of Sept/Oct 2012. Buildings, as we have been reminded by too many recent catastrophic earthquakes, are complex dynamic systems, oftentimes, aesthetic consideration is put on hold in favor of cost and engineering restraint; with this in mind, we are seeking proposals that surpass conventional approaches, ones that do not sacrifice a design aesthetic for conventional structural solution. These buildings feature elegant structural solution to seismic considerations, while remaining true to the designer’s vision. Featuring drawings, models and various multimedia platforms, the exhibition aims to convey the cutting-edge character of some of the most creative projects around the world.
The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2012. Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org with “DX exhibit” in the subject line. Proposals should include a brief synopsis of the project particularly highlighting interesting design solutions related to the seismic aspects of the project, photos of the building and structure related to seismic elements and/or photos of models.