This is a very SoCal notion: don't shape your house to the land, let the land shape your house? Via eVolo, architect Fernando Herrera has dreamed up Seismic Vestiges, an LA house made up of "materialized contours or 'strands'" bundled tightly together to for things like wall and loosely for things like windows. Meanwhile, the strands "resonate from the topography and is a presupposition of the seismic activity that is linked with the area." In other words, the architect "proposes to conduct an extensive research in the cellular logic and construction of structural instability." And in English: it changes form in an earthquake.
· Seismic Vestiges: A House in Los Angeles Transforms Seismic Activity into Form [eVolo]