"Investigating the records of past earthquakes" Workshop
Erice, Sicily, July 2002

Dear colleagues,
Illness has prevented me from being a part of the Workshop although my thoughts are with you. I am an architectural historian rather than a historian of seismology. Your work is extremely important for my studies, which concern reconstruction after earthquakes and in particular how engineers and architects confront the problem of creating safe antiseismic environments. I am interested in descriptions of building damage and the response of government officials, the populace, architects and engineers to earthquakes. Do people learn from disasters over time? Can we see evidence of that knowledge in the cities and structures they build or rebuild? If anyone in the Workshop is interested in this question I would very much like to correspond with him or her. My email is and my address is listed below.
Thank you, and buon lavoro!

Stephen Tobriner
Professor of Architectural History
Architecture Department
232 Wurster Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1800