ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, January 12, 2017

ben carson at HUD

This post should be classified as a prediction, but we'd like expand it into a commentary on the role of government in the built environment. In the savage state of nature, people build what they want and it  doesn't last very long. The establishment of standards and laws, by whatever means, tends to improve the quality of buildings--both in terms of occupant comfort and as an economic investment in the future.

We know little of HUD, but it certainly wields influence and is staffed by people with good intentions. Ben Carson may have a mandate to dismantle as much of the agency as he can--through active and passive means--but the next administration will probably reverse the damage. The portfolio of structures under the purview of the agency will persist through this turbulence.

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