Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

A bad new trend: buildings that act as magnifying glasses and burn people like ants**

First off there the building above, still being built. According to the Express,  the “half-finished 37-storey tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in central London, dubbed the “Walkie Talkie” due to its distinctive shape, is now being called the “Walkie Scorchie” due to it’s ability to concentrate sun rays and melt cars and singe hair.  Don’t believe me? Read this.

It’s not the first either building to do so either.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, designed by none other than Frank Gehry, did something similar.

I find it incredible that architects don’t take this into account when they are designing buildings, given that they take so much into account, such as shadow and wind creation. Then again, these building curvatures are fairly recent creations. Perhaps it will be taken into account now.

More on the Walkie Scorchie building here.

** Slight exaggeration, but still! 🙂

Midweek music: Frente! – Bizarre Love Triangle

A fab, fab cover. Take a break and listen.

Is all failure good, the way innovators say it is?

I don’t think so.

Innovators who seemingly rejoice at failure have a very limited view of failure. Perhaps the particular way they fail does benefit them, but I believe this isn’t the case for everyone.

As this article shows, there are lots of different ways to fail (Among Six Types Of Failure, Only A Few Help You Innovate | Co.Design: business + innovation + design). While it’s possible that one can learn from all of them, some of them are easier to learn from and recover from than others.  For example, abject failure, where you suffer a significant loss, can take years to recover from. This is very different from predictable failure, when you bounce ideas off coworkers, most of which will be rejected, with little if any loss and no need to recover.  It is worthwhile categorizing failure before you jump into an endeavor, and after that categorizing, performing a cost/benefit aspect of failure that needs to be accounted for.  Don’t accept the idea that all failure is the same and all failure is easy and good.