Situated in one of the most seismic regions of the world is Santiago, Chile. With its large collection of tall buildings set against the backdrop of the Andes Mountains, it was a superb location for the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. I attended the conference along with four colleagues, who presented papers on a range of topics including viscous damping modelling, buckling restrained braces, and lessons learnt on restoration projects. In a change from the usual programme, this year’s conference featured a number of debate-style sessions, including one on the promises and pitfalls of performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) – a topic which propagated throughout the rest of the conference, and one I found to be particularly thought provoking. Read More