ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, April 20, 2017

the value of preparation

Poor planning is too frequently blamed when things go terribly wrong. What if there had been no concept of a plan and things still went wrong? What if there was a "good" plan and things still went wrong? Random outcomes will always outnumber the considerations of the most sophisticated plan. 
Architects and engineers are tasked with describing the outcome of a design within the limits of the rules of geometry. If a room needs to be a minimum of ten feet wide, then the architect would do well to make it twelve feet wide. What if the client doesn't like the room? What if the client buys a sofa that is fourteen feet wide? Does this prove that redundancy is a complete waste?

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