Sunday, May 19, 2019

It started with a phone call from SL.

He needed help to build a toilet for community hall. He and I have worked on Habitat for Humanity project for many years (until the Malaysian Affiliate for HfH was closed down). The site was in a swampy area near the river, access was difficult, the plank-walk into the kampong was in bad shape, I had to concentrate walking along the beams and not the floorboards, many of which were rotten, broken or both.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Making stuff, being productive

Yesterday ended on a high for me. After returning to the office from the gym at 530 pm, Sara and I sat down for an hour and made a sketch model for a water feature. After which, we went to her favourite seafood restaurant for dinner and beers.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Steps to the Attic

 Finally issued the drawings for steps to the attic, much to the relief of AL. It is only 750 mm wide, but it is adequate for kids to run up to play in the attic. And once or twice a year, the grown ups would have to go up these steps to bring down the Christmas lights or luggage from the store room.
# prioritizatingmaterialusage

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Charcoal pencil

I used a charcoal pencil (with some colours) to sketch over LH's drawings - the lines are not sharp enough and gives everything a sense of looseness and flexibility which I like. And is important because I am trying to convey an idea at this point (to LH and PH), and not insisting that this is the final solution.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

House building

During the site visit, I noticed some discrepancies in the steel structure and highlighted them to the builder. Fortunately the floor slab those columns were meant to support had not been cast, making it easier (and cheaper) to rectify. We went to other items of the project after that, and as the meeting was about to conclude, someone said 'lucky you were here today and spotted those discrepancies'.
I didn't agree completely with the comment, so I explained - in the past 6 months when we worked with the builder, he had been diligent and conscientious. He would have spotted the mistakes and rectified then quietly, and we would have been none the wiser. The Building Contract spells out the standards and performance expected, so this rectification is expected and should be carried out. No questions asked.
The second point I made was that there is no time limit for the Architect to highlight mistakes and discrepancies to the builder, so in fact we could have reported the discrepancies after the floor was cast.

But that would not have been in the spirit of the contract, and is bad for the project. The builder should be grateful that we helped to point out defects as they occur, and be grateful for the help. (which I'm very sure he is) 

Sunday, February 10, 2019