Seattle’s historic structures, among them many unreinforced masonry buildings, are at risk not only from the numerous seismic faults in the Pacific Northwest, but also from economic factors. Many at-risk buildings continue to have vibrant life in Seattle communities, but have found it challenging to retrofit for earthquake safety.

It will take technology, expertise, policy, and social impetus for Seattle to preserve its multi-faceted urban fabric while championing public safety. How do we integrate new technology and old structures in one architectural vision? How can we remove obstacles to building owners and support awareness of seismic safety?

When Seattle Shakes explores how to align the goals of historic preservation and resilient design by understanding the most effective ways of protecting a city’s historic building stock against earthquakes.