More on the architecture of despair

Why do people in rich countries have a much much better chance of surviving earthquakes than people in poor countries? According to this article in  the latimes.com, it’s enforcement of building codes. It’s not enough to have building codes, as they had in Turkey, they need to be enforced. You can argue that poor countries can’t stop squatters and slum dwellers from building substandard houses, but you can’t argue that schools and other public buildings and private buildings can’t be made up to code.

Otherwise these structures are death traps.

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2 responses to “More on the architecture of despair

  1. I think that greed sometimes drives many people, unfortunately unlike the sin of pride it tends to yield in less quality work.

    It is not really limited to poor countries:

    http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2010/201001/20100107/article_424951.htm

    It is not limited to physical structures either:

    http://www.kelowna.com/2009/10/11/fraud-kickback-allegations-surface-powerful-health-ministrybureaucrats-smooth-talking-doctor-implicated/

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