In the Bay Area a building is earthquake proof when it has built-in fissures and intentional crevices. Normed solidity or, rather, rigidity is a sure killer, because if you’re too rigid you will be cut down, toppled. Like the World Trade Center — too massive, too strong architecturally speaking..
When weakness is part of the concept of the building’s stance, it can sway and shift around as part of its very own survival mechanism. This “architecture of pain,” as psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan says in another context altogether, was my model for a long while, a model that I am trying to reconstruct today, with ample allowance for punctuated lacerations and weak points meant to bolster part of my psychic suppleness."