Earthquakes and tall buildings

  • Paul C. Jennings University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


Editor’s Note: Professor Jennings' contribution is, he says, "relatively non-technical, and is aimed primarily at laymen and engineers not directly engaged in structural engineering". Papers of this sort are so rare that we are delighted to offer this one from so respected an authority as Professor Jennings, not only for those of our members that the Professor intended should benefit, but also for structural engineers. All of us, deeply involved with technical detail, tend to lose something of our appreciation of the overall problem.


Jennings, P.C., "Spectrum Techniques for Tall Buildings", Proceedings of the Fourth World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, January, 1969.

Rea, D., Bouwkamp, J.G., and Clough, R.W., "The Dynamic Behaviour of Steel Frame and Truss Buildings", Structural Engineering Laboratory Report No. 66-24, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Sept., 1966.

Housner, G.W., "Behaviour of Structures During Earthquakes", Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 85, No. EM4, Oct., 1959.

How to Cite
Jennings, P. C. (1970). Earthquakes and tall buildings. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 3(2), 51-59.