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On “Arogi” Buildings’ Structural System and Construction Procedure after the 1953 Earthquake in Kefalonia

Version 1 : Received: 18 July 2019 / Approved: 19 July 2019 / Online: 19 July 2019 (10:26:56 CEST)

How to cite: Theotokatou, E. On “Arogi” Buildings’ Structural System and Construction Procedure after the 1953 Earthquake in Kefalonia. Preprints 2019, 2019070225 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201907.0225.v1). Theotokatou, E. On “Arogi” Buildings’ Structural System and Construction Procedure after the 1953 Earthquake in Kefalonia. Preprints 2019, 2019070225 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201907.0225.v1).

Abstract

Afterthe series of earthquakes in August 1953, most of Kefalonia’s building stock totally collapsed. The buildings that emerged as a result of a collective effort are commonly referred to as «arogi» buildings, with the term arogimeaning help or assistance. In this way, merely referring to these structures is a direct mention to the circumstances under which they were constructed. The reconstruction of the building stock of the island was based in a series of building types proposed from the authorities, and proceeded replacing the richness of the architectural forms that stood before the earthquake, with austere but necessary settlements. Nevertheless, it is these buildings that constitute today’s image of the island. This study wishes to introduce us to “arogi” buildings structural system, as it was applied in Kefalonia after 1953 earthquake, with reference to recent bibliography and the recent experience of 2014 earthquake. The purpose of setting the grounds for such a research would be to highlight the effectiveness of this structural system. Moreover, to emphasize the fact that “arogi” buildings and their construction procedure incorporate Kefalonia’s recent history and have eventually produced today’s available “traditional” architecture of the island.

Subject Areas

arogi buildings; 1953 earthquake; confined masonry; Kefalonia

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