Comment on: Is China's housing sector going into the red?
"TheAJ.co.uk last week, was initially met with incredulity from architects." Quite clearly many Architects do not watch TV. A program which I believe was broadcast by BBC2 earlier this year did an indepth study of the Chinese rush to build, "exposing" vast residential and commercial developments standing empty with the owners unable to sell or let the properties. Surely that must be a clue that something might be wrong with the market?
Interesting sections, but are there plans which show how the the houses work. Having not seen the brief for a typical site for a project it would be difficult to determine if any were suitable designs.
Comment on: London Housing Design Guide launched
Has no one heard of Parker Morris, apart from a few small items must still apply for good space standards; the DOE and Ministry of housing guides plus a load more?
Anyone would think this is all new............... standards were dumped for affordability!!!
The main problem was that developers said they were to expensive to build?
Comment on: Why we should welcome the urban eco-town
It would seem from the photos that the fire developed via the bedroom levels, jumping the escape balcony levels. Each flat had three directions of escape, two escape balconies and one central corridor, all via the central staircase, which I assume had fire doors.
The spread of fire would appear to have jumped floors via the bathroom ventilation shafts which are the only connecting vertical voids between units. There seems no other logical reason for the fire break out on alternate floors. (as indicated on the photographs) Is it possible that residents did not understand the alternatives routes for escape? The bedroom floor if my supposition is correct would have been the least safe floor to wait. Is it possible that the escape balconies were not left clear, and were blocked with tenants belongings. If the fire brigade prevented people to use the central fire escape that obviously could have compounded the problem, the safety of bedroom may well have been the incorrect advise if my theory is correct.