Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The Reality of Infrastructure
At 7:30 this morning I awoke once again to the glass breaking sound of the Waste Management company performing their duties of removing the trash from the dumpsters behind my apartment complex. This has been the routine now for about a week strait. My roommate and I have come to the conclusion that there must be multiple garbage companies that each service the different beens on our building and the ones across the alley, thus creating the noise every day rather than once or twice a week.
So this morning as I lay there waiting for the truck to be done I started thinking about how infrastructure must be taken into account during the design process of any structure that is actually intended to be built. In some sense it seems almost insignificant, but in reality it is very. The garbage trucks, the telephone lines, power poles etc. If they're not taken into account then the whole theme of the structure could be tainted. As far as my building goes, it was build quite a long time ago. I wondered if the designer of my building took the garbage trucks into account when designing. He had to have known right? He or she? Probably didn't know about them coming everyday. Details make a difference. But is it really worth shaping the whole design around a waste management company's pick up schedule? Or is it best to ignore it? I don't really know. Perhaps there is a happy medium considering the fact that as time goes by, those type of infrastructure elements, especially waste management schedules, are bound to change. I suppose for now I'll try closing my window in the morning.
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