Italy-UK Science Café
The problem of post-earthquake reconstruction in historic city centres was first formulated in engineering terms after the Friuli Earthquake in 1973. Repair and reconstruction of historic city centres entails a deep understanding of the traditional construction techniques, the appreciation of the cultural, social and historic values of these centres, and requires advanced knowledge of structural seismic behaviour to make these buildings safe.
This lecture traces the evolution of the approach to strengthening and restoration in Italy through a number of examples from past earthquakes: the 1997 Umbria- Marche, the 2009 L’Aquila, and the more recent 2016 Central Italy earthquake.
A talk by Prof Dina D’Ayala, followed by Q&A session and a drink or two
Dina D'Ayala is the Professor of Structural Engineering at UCL CEGE, Head of Civil Engineering and Co-director of the EPICentre research centre. She is joint editor of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Architectural Heritage and Director of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering. She has been a consultant to the WB, IDA, UNDP and UNESCO on projects of heritage conservation and natural hazard risk reduction in the Middle East, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Nepal etc.