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Visual Screening For A Potential Evaluation Of Seismic Vulnerability Of Historical Building: Palace Of The Dey (Citadel Of Algiers)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DSHF120101

Volume

123

Pages

13

Page Range

119 - 131

Published

2012

Size

2,037 kb

Author(s)

A. Abdessemed-Foufa

Abstract

This work refers to the study carried out during 2006-07 on the Palace of the Dey in Algiers Citadel built during the 16th and 19th centuries. The study was undertaken during the management training of architects, archeologist and civil engineers of the Algerian Ministry of Culture by architects from Blida University in collaboration with IPOGEA, and Architects from Firenze and Bologna Universities. The stratigrafic study following the historical research has provided significant insight on the construction process. This information has been considered to investigate using visual screening the possible link between construction and existing damages. This example shows insight on the construction process, historical and recent earthquakes and bombing causeddamages, and later man-caused alterations. The existing damages and deformations accentuate seismic vulnerability of this monument as Algiers is located in the most important area of seismic risk in Algeria. Keywords: existing damage, construction process, Palace of the Dey, Citadel of Algiers, Casbah of Algiers, Algeria. 1 Introduction This study was undertaken in close cooperation between architects from Algerian university (Blida), Italian architects from Bologna and Firenze Universities and IPOGEA of Matera for training architects, civil engineers and archeologists of the Algerian Ministry of Culture (htpp://www.IPOGEA.org [1]. The project was untitled \“Initiative of training for the recovery and the valorization of the Casbah of Algiers according to the traditional techniques and their reuse in an innovating way”. The building analyzed in this study is an

Keywords

existing damage, construction process, Palace of the Dey, Citadel of Algiers, Casbah of Algiers, Algeria.