Nonengineered Construction Research

Earthquakes don’t kill people; buildings do – as the adage goes. The Gujarat, India earthquake in 2001 killed more than 20,000 people; the Bam, Iran earthquake of 2003 killed at least 30,000 people while damaging or destroying 85% of the buildings and infrastructure, along with the historic 2000-year-old citadel. These two earthquake disasters provide unfortunate but clear examples of the devastation caused by nonengineered buildings.

Nonengineered construction can be defined as "those buildings spontaneously and informally constructed in various countries in the traditional manner without any or little intervention by qualified architects and engineers in their design."¹ Buildings made of field stone, fired brick, concrete block, adobe or rammed earth, wood or a combination of these traditional locally-available materials are included. The purpose of this resource is to introduce a variety of current online tools addressing nonengineered construction research.

Nonengineered Construction Websites

Nonengineered Construction Articles

¹ International Association for Earthquake Engineering. (1980). Guidelines for earthquake resistant non-engineered construction. (page xiii). Mumbai, India: The Associated Cement Companies Limited.