I mean, you create a large curved mirror, placed in a south facing direction, what could possibly go wrong? Are you telling me that nobody on the design team saw the obvious problem here? Have they ever heard of this thing called a lense? :no:
I would pin a good deal of the blame for this on the architect. One of the problems Ive noticed of recent years is we seem to be getting an increasingly airy fairy breed of architects :crazy:, wholl propose ever more grand and unorthodox buildings. However, often the buildings turn out to be impractical (university library I was in a while back had lots of big open spaces and places for people to chat…first complain from the students, its too noisy to study! :**:) or expensive and difficult to build.
Often theyll do this to try and win some building award given out by other airt fairy types :lalala:, which sits on their shelf and is forgotten after a month. While the building/mess they leave behind lingers on for years. I mean we just moved into such a building last year and the builders have had to come back and fix everything over the summer, as one year of term knocked chunks out of it.
Normally its the job of the engineer and to a lesser extend the quantity surveyor, to constraint the architect and make sure hes aware of these things called the laws of physics. My favourite tale, an architect designed a building such that the corner of the roof swept down to a glass fronted wall supported by a cantilever slab…i.e. he was expecting a sheet of glass a few mms thick to hold and support ¼ of the weight of the roof of the building! |-| The civil engineer drew a small cloud above the corner of the building, with a chain and a hook out of it and asked the architect if he thought that would work ;D. In the end he compromised and allowed us to install a pillar!
However this doesnt seem to be happening anymore. I dont know why, it might be that QSs arent as prominent in the design team (the QS and engineer are often natural allies in this regard as they want to make the build as cheap and painless as possible), it could be that the clients representatives tend increasingly to be the clueless air head types, or that engineers just aren’t as willing to stick their neck out. Or is it the contractors trying to make buildings as expensive as possible so they can push up their profit margins? I dont know but its got to stop.
I mean dont get me wrong, if we engineers designed buildings every building would be a dry drab concrete filing cabinet :yawn:. We need architects, but we need them to do the “architecture” stuff and leave the engineering to someone else. The best buildings I find tend to be the ones where there is that balance between good architecture, good practical engineering and a price that doesnt break the bank. Many of New Yorks skyscrapers are all the more iconic, and I suspect will still be standing, long after mistakes of the past, such as this walkie-talkie are pulled down.