California-based practice Emerging Objects has developed a 3D printed structural column inspired by ancient Incan techniques, which it is claimed can stand up to earthquakes.

The column’s earthquake-resilient properties can be achieved by using masonry principles that diffuse the force of an earthquake through the interlocking components of a wall. The idea for the Quake Column draws from traditional Incan ashlar techniques which had to contend with the highly seismic land of Peru. For centuries,…