The Logic of building logically

26 Oct,2010

In a country where everything which goes wrong is generally analyzed after everything has gone wrong, it may actually start making sense to ask a few whys and hows for everything that matters. To start with here are a few things concerning buildings to start you thinking.

Why do people make tall residential buildings just to break records?
Apart from the presumed thrill that comes from giving competition to birds on who is located higher, is there any logic in having a home high up in the sky? And then, what happens during an emergency? How do your windows get cleaned? How do you enjoy fresh air without having to reprise a scene from the movie, “Vertical Limit”.

Are homes designed around a person or the other way?
A person living upto 70 years spends close to 8500 days sleeping. Statistics apart, are most people really getting quality sleep in that duration? A home and most critically a bedroom plays an important role in whether you get enough sleep to re-charge you everyday. Simple details like good ventilation, effective space planning, location of the cot and electrical fittings play an important role in helping you get that elusive peaceful nap.

Are developers choosing locations by logic?
There is no point in having a so-called 'luxury township' in a place where basic Cauvery water has not been sanctioned? If you dont get one of the essentials, then where is the question of luxury. True luxury as many city dwellers find out eventually, is in getting to spend more time on doing the things you like with the people you love.

Are homes built around the logic of 'conscious time'?

An average IT worker spends 2 hours on travel, 7 hours on sleep, and close to 10 hours at work, leaving just 5 hours a day for everything else, including eating! Now if your home does not allow you to utilise those 5 hours in the best possible manner, then the quality of life is questionable.

Why is sufficient parking for visitors never given in most commercial buildings?

If you have been to an office complex recently for a meeting and were turned away just because there were no parking slots planned for visitors, it is time to start questioning the logic that assumed that visitors will anyway find parking. While visitors may somehow find parking, even if it means a few streets away, what this system does is slowly clog up the whole system. Getting some answers as to why roads these days are never as free as those a decade back.

Why can’t all TV cables be underground?
While developers these days are providing underground electrical and telephone cables, there is still the ubiquitous TV cable that so ungracefully flows from one building to another. Why?

Why cant people and vehicle movements be separate?
Despite the best planning, we still get to see people jostling for space with vehicles even inside up-market apartment complexes. The folly surely lies with the architects and planners. It is time to ask why.

Why aren’t buildings planned to be child-friendly?
Sharp corners, play areas that cannot be monitored, low safety features around swimming pools, the list is endless. Why?

Why aren’t buildings disabled-friendly?
If you are physically unable, God help you. Most buildings don’t even have an entry ramp, forget providing exclusive toilets for the disabled. The visually-disabled have it even tougher. Why?

Why can’t garbage be segregated at source?
Garbage segregation, as we all know (and conveniently shrug off) is critical to ensure that our cities don’t end up becoming large, stinking and unhygienic garbage dumps. We are not even talking of health hazards yet. Why cant apartments provide garbage segregation facilities at source, the kitchen? It is a little known fact that the ‘stink’ in garbage comes from the decaying organic components which could have otherwise been a good source of energy and bio-gas. Why this waste of waste?

Keep questioning!

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