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Correcting Killer Architecture 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the built-to-kill dept.
minstrelmike writes In Leeds, England, architects are adding a plethora of baffles and other structures to prevent the channeling of winds from a skyscraper that have pushed baby carriages into the street and caused one pedestrian death by blowing over a truck. Other architectural mistakes listed in the article include death ray buildings that can melt car bumpers and landscape ponds that blind tenants.
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Correcting Killer Architecture

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  • by bickerdyke (670000) on Friday August 15, 2014 @06:41AM (#47676499)

    Sunshields would be a workaround and not a PREVENTION.

    Prevention starts at the problem source, which is a curved, reflective surface. Making the curve non-parabolic or pointing the aperture north would have been prevention. But sunshades are rather acknowleding the problem and working around it. (Usually adding more complexity and points of failure, but that's another story)

    Yes, sometimes you have to use workarounds, maybe the source of the problem might be the solution to an even bigger problem, or the new problem isn't big enough to warrant fundamental design changes, but still that's not prevention.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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