[GSBN] earthquake footings

Bob Theis bob at bobtheis.net
Mon Nov 10 01:21:32 CST 2014


FLW's Imperial Hotel was built on wet mud, and used an entirely different foundation system than his famous rubble trench. His notion was to " float "  the building on the mud. Didn't work all that well in reality. A decent summary of it - that also dispels many of the myths surrounding the project's  performance in the big Tokyo earthquake of 1923 -are in this paper: 

http://www.iitk.ac.in/nicee/wcee/article/7_vol4_145.pdf

Bob Theis


On Nov 9, 2014, at 2:02 PM, valentina maini wrote:

> Thank you very very much Jorge! Great!
> 
> 
> El 09/11/2014, a las 22:57, Van Krieken escribió:
> 
>> Valentina, you may see a interesting article about F.L.Wright's Rubble -Trench Foundations, A simple, effective foundation system for residential structures - by Elias Velonis, Fine Homebulding magazine, December 1983 / January 1984, pag. 66-68.
>> 
>> 'All those footings at Taliesin have been perfectly static. Eversince I discovered the dry wall footing—about 1902—I have
>> been building houses that way.' —Frank Lloyd Wright
>> 
>> tell me if you neeed some more info about this.
>> 
>> All the best
>> 
>> Jorge Van Krieken
>> Portugal
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM, Valentina Maini <vmaini at mac.com> wrote:
>> Kyle, 
>> Maybe you have seen the foundation details that F.L.Wright made  for his hotel project in Japan? Heard a lot about this detail but never saw a good drawing of it  (or the original) or a good reference in books about F.L.Wright.
>> ....is suposed to be made with tire and "train" rail beam to allow sliding of the building..
>> 
>> Warm wishes, valentina
>> 
>> El 09/11/2014, a las 15:20, Kyle Holzhueter <nihondaigaku.kairu at gmail.com> escribió:
>> 
>>> Traditionally in Japan, buildings were not secured to their foundations for this same reason, and could be repositioned after an earthquake. The weight of the roof and walls held the building down during typhoons.
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