Comment 41499

By michaelcumming (registered) - website | Posted June 02, 2010 at 18:42:21

As ridiculous and bureaucratic the process may seem, there is some reason for it all.

I too have spent time at the building permit desk at Toronto City Hall. If can feel like a Kafkaesque nightmare - especially if you are unfamiliar with the process.

In many developing countries you can in fact build whatever you like - wherever you like. And many people do. This results in people forgetting to put reinforcing steel in their concrete (or even cement powder) and builders constructing towers that crush their inhabitants in the event of earthquakes or hurricanes.

The fact that Chile did fairly well and Haiti did poorly after their earthquakes was the direct result of their building regulations.

If a society wants buildings that don't maim and kill then they need good building regulations.

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