don’t let force pile

– it ain’t the quake

Mason White at Wired’s Haiti initiative notices Lebbeus Woods, an experimental architect based in New York, revealing that earthquakes are not at fault in the destruction of settlements:

Lebbeus Woods, forces of earthquakes

“This destruction is not the ‘fault’ of earthquakes, but rather of the buildings, which, even in regions regularly visited by earthquakes, are not designed to work with the violent forces released. Buildings collapse, usually with loss of life and injuries. The earthquakes are blamed, as though the purpose of these sublimely unself-conscious phenomena was to damage and destroy the human.”