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Fall 2012




Overview: The infrastructures of developing countries, old and new, are in severe danger of the next natural disaster, only due to the fact that there is zero concern for the overall use of materials. And although the awa reness of poor construction tech niques have been presented, engineers and arch itects are continuously proposing systems tha t are destined to be hazards once the next disaster hits. Not only is the use of concrete economica lly unsustainable, but it is also the most vulnerable material when seismic activity hits the surface. As the international community helps developing countries such as Haiti rebuild, they should utilize the knowledge they have in the technology of science and engineering, let the know-how of materials for work come from loca ls, and use sustainable structural systems that cannot be easily compromised within code compliances.


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A Critical Assessment of Concrete and Masonry Structures for Reconstruction After Seismic Events in Developing Countries

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