Posted by Peter on October 27, 2002 at 07:31:17:
In Reply to: Re: buildings as weapons of terror posted by Peter on October 27, 2002 at 07:17:13:
Let me go on to bring this back to Architecture.
In my work which I cannot call Big A Architecture, I strive for craftsmanship within the available means. I think that at the very least there is the possibility of good safety and quality which will improve peoples lives. Then there is a detail done especially well which will catch someone's eye, maybe delight them or inspire them to also do as well as they can.
Up the scale: great buildings and spaces can help people function at a higher level, make them content, or even uplift them to a sense of peace and inspiration. There are also buildings that were designed for the opposite: some of the most nefarious structures, designed for evil, were by architects. Architecture, it may be argued, can also embody specific sentiments or philosophies.
We can't make every building into a bunker protecting against war or the 100 year catastrophe. We can provide reasonable egress and fire safety features. This is why I question skyscrapers. Is is possible to effectively evacuate such a building for any danger at all? Density is one thing but there is a reasonable limit to everything.
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