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A Timelapse Video Of Dubai's Astonishing Growth

A Timelapse Video Of Dubai's Astonishing Growth

Old May 3rd 2018, 9:16 am
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Default Re: A Timelapse Video Of Dubai's Astonishing Growth

Originally Posted by DXBtoDOH View Post
Walk around Dubai or any other place. I'm sure you've been left wondering why so many things seemed half arsed built or designed? Why did the sidewalk stop there instead of there? Why is the door placed here instead of the more logical there? And let's not even get into aesthetics. Or into the bits you don't see like infrastructure systems. There's a lot of badly designed shit out there that reflects the 50% or even 80% effort and people get frustrated by it because it's irritating or forces them to do things in an irritating way and affects their quality of life.

But when something is incredibly well designed you don't even notice it. And that is the goal. The perfect use of the space that you don't think twice about it.

I'm pragmatic enough to know that in many cases it's not worth the effort to faff around with the designs more than necessary. Weasel's comment is apt enough, clients are a pain and as their consultants we eventually have to defer to what they want. But there are certainly places where going for the 100% as much as possible pays off in the long run.
There are many reasons for this though.... these include:

1. Time allowed for design generally being too waaaay short.
2. Design budget being too low.
3. Continual changes to the Clients requirements during design (see 1 & 2 again)
4. Poor knowledge / understanding by the Client and so unwilling / unable to visualise / appreciate alternative solutions.
5. Construction budget is too low.
6. Poor quality Contractors.
Low skill Contractor workforce
7. Weak consultants during construction (notice things that could be improved but don't wish to stand up). Also see 1 & 2 again.
8. Contractor's who don't give two f**ks who just want to get in and out as fact as possible.
9. Imbalance in Contractor, Consultant and Client power. Contractor's and Consultants have little protection in the grand scheme of things and so are unwilling to go that extra step leading to little pride in their work.
10. Overall insufficient timescales between concept and operation. Often its not possible to 'tweak' as changes / issues are encountered.

Until everything sloes down and the rights are balanced a bit more quality is unlikely to improve by any significant amount.
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Old May 3rd 2018, 9:30 am
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Default Re: A Timelapse Video Of Dubai's Astonishing Growth

Originally Posted by jam25mack View Post
There are many reasons for this though.... these include:

1. Time allowed for design generally being too waaaay short.
2. Design budget being too low.
3. Continual changes to the Clients requirements during design (see 1 & 2 again)
4. Poor knowledge / understanding by the Client and so unwilling / unable to visualise / appreciate alternative solutions.
5. Construction budget is too low.
6. Poor quality Contractors.
Low skill Contractor workforce
7. Weak consultants during construction (notice things that could be improved but don't wish to stand up). Also see 1 & 2 again.
8. Contractor's who don't give two f**ks who just want to get in and out as fact as possible.
9. Imbalance in Contractor, Consultant and Client power. Contractor's and Consultants have little protection in the grand scheme of things and so are unwilling to go that extra step leading to little pride in their work.
10. Overall insufficient timescales between concept and operation. Often its not possible to 'tweak' as changes / issues are encountered.

Until everything sloes down and the rights are balanced a bit more quality is unlikely to improve by any significant amount.
Yes to all of the above.
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