Hello there! Mr Angry of Much Puffingham here.
Where do architects get off letting their clients down when it comes to lighting design? HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s what happened the other day; Mr and Mrs Client are building their dream home and have finally got onto site and Building Has Started. Does the architect mention that, some time soon, the electricians will want to know things like Ã¯Â¿Â½Where do you want your light fittings, missus?Ã¯Â¿Â½ No Ã¯Â¿Â½ of course he doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t. He does architecty things like staring at the clouds Ã¯Â¿Â½ doing a bit of blue-sky thinking Ã¯Â¿Â½ until the contractor pokes him with his measuring stick and says Ã¯Â¿Â½Where does the missus want her light fittings, zir? Because weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be wanting to do first-fix cabling in a couple of weeks.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Cue architectÃ¯Â¿Â½s conversation with Mr and Mrs Client; Ã¯Â¿Â½Where would you like your light fittings, missus?Ã¯Â¿Â½ Now, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s very unlikely that Mr and Mrs Client will have the first idea about how they want their lighting to work, let alone be aware of the bear-trap of Part L thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s likely to come their way if theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got a stroppy planning department.
Fade to: Ã¯Â¿Â½Hello John. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½re building a new house and need some help with our lighting. Are you interested and how much will you cost?Ã¯Â¿Â½ Angelic music to my ear, especially in these straitened times. But Ã¯Â¿Â½ how much time did you say weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got; a couple of weeks? Well, it was a couple of weeks, but that was a week ago and the contractors are making expensive-sounding grumpy noises.
HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s the crunch: the architect says the job canÃ¯Â¿Â½t wait for a decent lighting design, even its just a lighting designer pointing at bits of wall and ceiling and saying Ã¯Â¿Â½over there somewhereÃ¯Â¿Â½. No, the client has had to resort to Books and work it out as best they can. This is not good enough, my friends. Not by a long way is this good enough.
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Riffing The Internet of Things
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