Seismic prevention. Importance of architecture and engineering

Seismic prevention in Portugal

It has been 263 years since the earthquake of great magnitude and violence shook Lisbon and the question remains: “Will Portugal be prepared to suffer another earthquake of great magnitude?” Well, the scientific community of architecture and engineering specialist maintains that Portugal remains unprepared to react to a natural disaster of such magnitude. The zones of the Algarve, Costa Alentejana, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo are the areas of highest seismic risk of the country.

Does Regulation in Portugal exist?

Portugal has regulations that if applied leads to safe construction from a seismic point of view, however, it is worrying the lack of supervision of the works, to guarantee the fulfillment of the projects in work, being great part of the buildings not to comply with the regulation and in case of earthquake we will be in a devastating environment.

The message that Mjarc Architects wishes to convey, the existence of multidisciplinary teams is an essential condition not only in projects design and in the execution of the work but also in the supervision of the work, namely to supervise and control: compliance with contractual provisions and with the legislation on that moment.