The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
Architecture Puzzler #325
Ground rupture, ground shaking, and differential subsidence are three of the four main causes of foundation failure due to a seismic event. What is the fourth?
The fourth cause is liquefaction. This occurs in wet soils when seismic movement causes the soil to lose bearing capacity, thus allowing the foundation to sink.
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
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Surviving arches in the ruins of a church in Messina, Italy, following an earthquake in 1908.