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Thu 02.27.2014

Are We on Shaky Ground? Earthquakes and New York City


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Where: At The Center   

Is it ever going to happen here? Earthquakes can and do happen in New York City. As recently as August of 2011, New York City trembled, although 270 miles away from the magnitude Mw5.8 Virginia earthquake! If such far-away events are felt in our city, what if they happened much closer?

Leading seismologists, earthquake engineers, seismic code experts, emergency response managers, and architects conversant in seismic design will present tales of the underground conditions and discuss seismic risk exposure for typical NYC building types. In combination with “Considering the Quake’s” multi-media content, this enlightening event will put earthquakes on your radar.


Dr. Klaus H. Jacob, Geophysicist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Dr. Sissy Nikolaou, PE, Senior Associate at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers and Director of its Geo-Seismic Department
Ramon Gilsanz, PE, SEI Fellow, Founding Partner of Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP (GMS) and Chair of the NYC DOB Structural Technical Committee responsible for the 2014 NYC Building Code revision
Dr. Andrew E. Whittaker, Director of SUNY Buffalo’s (UB) Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research and Chair of UB’s Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

Organized by
: Center for Architecture, the AIANY’s Design for Risk & Reconstruction Committee and the New York–Northeast (NYNE) Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Price:  Free for AIA and EERI members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right
$10 for non-members

Watch the video of this program here. 

This program is related to the exhibition Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, on view from February 13, 2014 to May 26, 2014. This event is an initiative of the 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.‘

Considering the Quake was originally presented at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto. At the Center for Architecture in New York, it includes an installation by SOFTLab in consultation with engineers from Arup.

Exhibition Curator: Dr. Effie Bouras and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Exhibition Designer: SOFTLab and Pentagram



Exhibition Opening
Thursday, February 13, 2014,  6:00 pm - 8:00pm

Are We on Shaky Ground? Earthquakes and New York City
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Earthquakes – How well are we prepared?
Monday, March 24, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hands-On Workshop: Understanding Earthquakes and Seismic Design
Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Earthquakes vs. Buildings
Saturday, April 26, 2014, Two sessions 11 am -1 pm and 2 - 4 pm

Exhibition Open House
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 





Tackable Acoustical Panels Sponsored by Robin Reigi Inc.

Printing and Signage Sponsored by Think Box Media

Surface Pros generously provided by Microsoft

Displays provided by Planar Systems

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