Timber Frame Historic Structures and the Local Seismic Culture—An Argumentation

  • Maria Bostenaru Dan
Part of the Environmental Hazards book series (ENHA)


In this argumentation we will present different viewpoints on the matter that timber skeleton structures are constructive types that are characteristic for zones with high seismicity. Within this scope, we have done research on structures with timber skeleton through the published literature and in the field. Some of these constructive types are vernacular, other resulted from following seismic codes elaborated by the political authorities in periods as far back as the Baroque. Although these structures sustain the hypothesis of local seismic culture, the type is also spread in coastal cities, especially in zones with adequate wood as a resource, which is the “winning” argument.


Local seismic culture Architecture resource Construction materials Diagonals Spatial distribution Traditional architecture Vernacular Timber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Urban and Landscape Design“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and UrbanismBucharestRomania

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