Didn’t Think It Through

If you're going to build a multi million dollar (or Euro) skyscraper you might want to be sure the glass in it will not reflect sunlight strongly enough to melt cars on the street.
     Posted By: patty - Tue Sep 03, 2013
     Category: Architecture

I guess the architect never fried ants with a magnifying glass as a kid.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/03/13 at 03:00 PM
It reminds me of the Disney Concert Hall in LA:

Reflection Problems

Not long after the Concert Hall's inauguration, Los Angeles drivers started reporting a blinding glare from its stainless steel surface. This led the city to hang a gray tarp over the offending portion of the building and launch a year-long study to determine the exact cause of the problem. During the study, researchers realized that the building's reflective surface also generated an excessive heat that affected the temperature of nearby buildings. With the approval of Gehry, technicians carefully sanded down certain areas on the hall's surface, making it less reflective.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/about_5508849_disney-concert-hall-problems.html#ixzz2drILgDSK
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 09/03/13 at 03:13 PM
I once saw a building in Boulder, CO where the grass and trees on the south side of the building would not grow because of the excess reflected light. Every time I see a story like this I think of Rand's "The Fountainhead." There are architects and then there are great architects. I think I know which category these designers fall into.
Posted by KDP on 09/03/13 at 03:18 PM
ooops!! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 09/03/13 at 06:13 PM
Three green solutions:

1: Place solar cells in the brightest spots -- the concentrated sunlight will make them much more efficient.

2: Place mirrors at the focal points to reflect the sunlight back into space, reducing global warming.

3: Bury the architects up to their necks in flesh-eating slime mold as a lesson to others to do their math before drawing their pretty pictures.
Posted by Phideaux on 09/04/13 at 12:27 AM
Ah... Ty, I think that's spelled OOP$$. :lol:

I noticed that there aren't any pix at the link. Did the dude forget his flash?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/04/13 at 10:08 AM
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