A Future for the Past: Notre Dame Researchers help Italian church communities address seismic risks

In October of 2016, central Italy was left devastated by a major earthquake, destroying homes and entire villages. Given Italy is prone to seismic activity, determining how to prioritize the protection of buildings – some of which are thousands of years old – can be complicated.

David Pirchio was graduating with his master’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Trento in Italy when he developed an interest in the effect that earthquakes have on Catholic churches and communities. Understanding this challenge in his home country, David hoped research could help dioceses prioritize which buildings should be addressed first for mitigation.

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November 11, 2019

Global AffairsScience and TechnologyEarth SciencesKevin WalshFitzgerald Institute for Real EstateItalyArchitectureCivil and Environmental Engineering and Earth SciencesCollege of Engineering