Why Pagodas Last

Why pagodas which made of wood, don’t sway and break down in an earthquake? The answer is in the levels where the eaves pop out so far. A) it helps with the foundation and water run off, otherwise, the water would just soften the foundation. B) it acts as stabilizers! There’s also a giant spire that hangs from the center. It acts like a pendulum so it helps keep the balance right. At times it doesn’t even touch the ground. How did Japanese architects in the 7th century know this? (Gizmodo – Pagoda)


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