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Richard Surrey

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  • Comment on: The Coach: ‘Architects Declare is going to be a tricky issue’

    Richard Surrey's comment 30 September, 2019 1:13 pm

    I think climate change is becoming like racism/homophobia etc, where the right of an individual to have their own ‘view’ on the issue is outweighed by the overwhelming scientific consensus on one side, and the possible harm that could result to others by a person maintaining that view.
    It is true that this is censorship of an individuals beliefs, and sometimes those beliefs are sincere and heartfelt. But that is the cost of being part of any society which (generally) tries to prioritise the common good.

  • Comment on: Ministers propose sprinklers for all housing over six storeys

    Richard Surrey's comment 6 September, 2019 11:47 am

    They didn’t keep the fire door closers or the smoke extraction system maintained at Grenfell, but a sprinkler system would have been kept in perfect working order?

    The problem at Grenfell wasn’t that the fire protection measures were flawed in principle, it was the fact those measures had been massively neglected in terms of maintenance and then compromised by the recent works. I really don’t see why a sprinkler system would have been any different if one had been installed. It might have functioned for a few years, but once it needed maintaining the RBKC would still have decided they had more important things to spend money on than the lives of poor people and it would have been left in disrepair.

    Even leaving aside RBKC’s negligence I think this is a general problem with active systems rather than passive ones. No-one knows how the future will go, and how rich or poor this country will be in a few decades. It would make much more sense to design housing units for the future which won’t become death traps in the event the money for ongoing maintenance dries up.