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Published: Jun 13, 2013 2:10:43 PM
Bernadette Devilat Loustalot (Bartlett UCL): Re-construction alternatives for heritage villages after earthquakes. Chile: 2005, 2010, 20??
Earthquakes have progressively destroyed the built heritage of Chile over the years, not only due to the initial devastation but also due to the applied reconstruction approaches. The emphasis of this research is on heritage settlements, because they represent a sustainable way of living and building. The last large earthquake occurred on February 27th 2010 and had a magnitude of 8,8 on the Richter scale, hence producing a huge destruction and revealing the necessity of revising re-construction strategies for heritage areas, for they have been adapted from non-specific previous policies. The objective is to generate new architectural approaches to address their re-construction through the exploration of sustainable and technological design alternatives, understanding the disaster as a chance of improving. The study of previous earthquakes might help to expand knowledge for facing future ones, thus the architectural approaches to be produced are expected to contribute to this necessary learning process.