Chapter 10. Risk Mitigation in Action

  1. Dr Andrew Coburn MA, DipArch, PhD1,2 and
  2. Dr Robin Spence MA, MSc, PhD Reader in Architectural Engineering and Fellow of Magdalene College Director3,4

Published Online: 17 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470855185.ch10

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) Risk Mitigation in Action, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    Risk Management Solutions Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Associate of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

  3. 3

    University of Cambridge, UK

  4. 4

    Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2006
  2. Published Print: 6 SEP 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496144

Online ISBN: 9780470855188



  • risk mitigation strategy;
  • earthquake-resistant construction;
  • single-storey building;
  • cost–benefit analysis (CBA);
  • balanced risk concept;
  • semi-market approach;
  • planning approach;
  • public perception of risk;
  • disaster mitigation programme


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Improving Standards of Construction for New Buildings

  • Strengthening Existing Buildings and Infrastructure

  • Upgrading Rural Construction: Building for Safety

  • Evaluating Alternative Protection Strategies

  • Evaluation of Alternative Strategies: Some Examples

  • Social and Public Policy Aspects of Earthquake Protection Strategies

  • The Way Ahead