Edited by Mary Hardy, Claudia Cancino, and Gail Ostergram; 2009

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Part of the Earthen Architecture Initiative

During this three-day colloquium, a group of professionals with expertise in earthen conservation, materials science, construction, building standards, and earthquake engineering gathered to discuss the current state of knowledge and the challenges of preserving our earthen cultural heritage in active seismic zones. This publication contains a selection of papers presented at the colloquium, as well as several later submissions by participants.


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Résumés supplémentaires en français. (PDF, 22pp., 216MB)
Resúmenes adicionales de ponencias en español. (PDF, 22pp., 220MB)




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Foreword by Timothy P. Whalen. Page ix. (PDF, 1p., 273KB)
Introduction by Mary Hardy, Claudia Cancino, and Gail Ostergren. Pages xi–xiv. (PDF, 4pp., 240KB)
Acknowledgments. Pages xv–xvi. (PDF, 2pp., 324KB)

Part One: Research and Testing

Daniel Torrealva, Julio Vargas Neumann, and Marcial Blondet
Earthquake Resistant Design Criteria and Testing of Adobe Buildings at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Pages 3–10. (PDF, 8pp., 716KB)

Mohammad Shariful Islam and Kazuyoshi Iwashita
Seismic Response of Fiber-Reinforced and Stabilized Adobe Structures. Pages 11–22. (PDF, 12pp., 1.3MB)

Dominic M. Dowling and Bijan Samali
Low-Cost and Low-Tech Reinforcement Systems for Improved Earthquake Resistance of Mud Brick Buildings. Pages 23–33. (PDF, 11pp., 1.1MB)

E. Leroy Tolles
Getty Seismic Adobe Project Research and Testing Program. Pages 34–41. (PDF, 8pp., 508KB)


Part Two: Building Codes and Standards

Julio Vargas Neumann, Marcial Blondet, and Nicola Tarque
The Peruvian Building Code for Earthen Buildings. Pages 45–51. (PDF, 8pp., 864KB)

Hugh Morris
New Zealand: Aseismic Performance-Based Standards, Earth Construction, Research, and Opportunities. Pages 52–66. (PDF, 15pp., 1.4MB)

Mohammed Hamdouni Alami and Stefania Pandolfo
Reflecting on Materials and Structure: Building Cultures and Research Methodology in the Project of a Seismic Building Code for Traditional Materials in Morocco. Pages 67–79. (PDF, 13pp., 1MB)

Steade R. Craigo
"To Do No Harm": Conserving, Preserving, and Maintaining Historic Adobe Structures. Pages 80–89. (PDF, 10pp., 820KB)


Part Four: Getty Seismic Adobe Project Implementation

Frederick A. Webster
Application of Stability-Based Retrofit Measures on Some Historic and Older Adobe Buildings in California. Pages 147–158. (PDF, 12pp., 656KB)

E. Leroy Tolles
Seismic Retrofit Applications of Getty Seismic Adobe Project Technology to Historic Adobe Buildings. Pages 159–164. (PDF, 6pp., 956KB)

John M. Barrow, Douglas Porter, Stephen Farneth, and E. Leroy Tolles
Evolving Methodology in Seismic Retrofit: Stabilizing the Las Flores Adobe. Pages 165–173. (PDF, 9pp., 812KB)


Summary of Discussions by Mary Hardy and Claudia Cancino. Pages 175–178. (PDF, 4pp., 356KB)
Appendix A: Steering Committees. Page 179. (PDF, 1p., 268KB)
Appendix B: Colloquium Participants. Pages 180–182. (PDF, 3pp., 300KB)
Contributors. Pages 183–186. (PDF, 4pp., 328KB)


How to Cite this Work
Hardy, Mary, Claudia Cancino, and Gail Ostergren, eds. 2009. Proceedings of the Getty Seismic Adobe Project 2006 Colloquium: Getty Center, Los Angeles, April 11-13, 2006. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs/gsap