Chapter 8. The Design and Construction Process—Choice of Form and Materials

  1. David J. Dowrick

Published Online: 30 AUG 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470869356.ch8

Earthquake Risk Reduction

Earthquake Risk Reduction

How to Cite

Dowrick, D. J. (2003) The Design and Construction Process—Choice of Form and Materials, in Earthquake Risk Reduction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470869356.ch8

Author Information

  1. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 JUL 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496885

Online ISBN: 9780470869352



  • design and construction process;
  • performance based seismic design;
  • earthquake resistance criteria;
  • reliable seismic behaviour;
  • vibrational characteristics;
  • failure mode control;
  • seismic isolation;
  • diagonal bracings energy dissipators;
  • intermediate technology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The design and construction process—performance-based seismic design

  • Criteria for earthquake resistant design

  • Principles of reliable seismic behaviour—form, material and failure modes

  • Specific structural forms for earthquake resistance

  • Passive control of structures—energy isolating and dissipating devices

  • Construction and the enforcement of standards

  • Developing countries