Transposition of the Genius Paraseismic Knowledge at Elements of Architectural Design; Case of Algerian Architects

  • Mohamed BenabdelfattahEmail author
  • Youcef Kehila
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Since 1954, the code for earthquake-resistant design was one of the priorities of the public authorities in order to take into account the seismic risks. The earthquake-resistant rules have steadily evolved (AS, PS 69, RPA 1983, RPA 1988, RPA 1999, RPA 2003). In fact those rules do not dictate any architectural prerequisites. All they offer is just literary guidelines answering the question: «what is it to be done?». But they do not answer the esthetic question: «how to do it?». The aim of this study was to establish a methodological framework that enables the transposition of the genius earthquake-resistant knowledge in architecture at elements of design for the project. In this work, usage needs assessment method is recommended to assist the architect in the earthquake-resistant design project. This last consists in applying a model of seismic vulnerability assessment throughout the different design stages of the architectural project. The Validation of utilized tool was achieved to check its practical, economic and creative benefits in terms of exchanging information and seismic vulnerability assessment during the early stages of architectural design.


Design process Paraseismic design Needs analysis Vulnerability index Algerian context 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire LAEEcole polytéchnique d’architecture et d’urbanisme EPAU d’AlgerOued SmarAlgeria
  2. 2.Université Africaine Ahmed DraiaAdrarAlgeria

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