QUICK GUIDE: How Not To Architect (Part 1)
So, I'm frequently asked what makes me so ANGRY. The truth is, I'm not always in a rage... in fact, quite often I'm a veritable ball of sweetness and light! (Within reason of course, I am an architect after all...)
The infamous anger only really occurs only when I see architecture, design, engineering and project managing that is - how do I put this? - at the WRONG end of the intelligence spectrum. This includes everything from a dodgy door handle to an enormous, post-modern mess...
The question is: How can we reduce this source of face-palming frustration? By compiling a handy pamphlet for all concerned, succinctly named:
A QUICK GUIDE: HOW NOT TO ARCHITECT.
Watch this space for examples of what not to do, and feel free to contribute to the collection as you see fit, just send me your photos over on the official Facebook page... for the benefit and continuing professional development of us all, of course. You can thank me later.
The Angry Architect
ARTICLE 1: The Death Ramp.
ARTICLE 2: The Ramp To Nowhere.
ARTICLE 3: Air Conditioning.
ARTICLE 4: 'Security'.
ARTICLE 5: Post-Modernism.
ARTICLE 6: Suspended Ceilings.
ARTICLE 7: Elevators.
A major blunder in the architectural design of InTempo skyscraper towers in the Spanish eastern coastal village of Benidorm near Alicante allegedly left the building with lifts for the first 20 floors only. The remaining 27 floors are without elevators.
At 200 metres (650 ft) high, the InTempo apartment is expected to be Europe's tallest residential building when finished, according to the project's official website. InTempo was dreamed up in the decade-long building boom that saw new structures leap up across Spain in the late Nineties and early Noughties.
It was due to open in 2009, but now joins a series of white elephants that have been caused by the country's deep recession.
ARTICLE 8: Urban Lighting.
ARTICLE 9: Riverside Foundations.
At around 5:30am on June 27, an unoccupied building still under construction at Lianhuanan Road in the Minxing district of Shanghai city toppled over. One worker was killed. According to information, a 70 meter section of the flood prevention wall in nearby Dianpu River and that may have something to do with this building collapse. Ok, perhaps this one is on the engineers...