Lance Berlowitz on the Grenfell Tower Disaster. Lessons for Vancouver?

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Noted architect and author Lance Berlowitz has written a thoughtful and compelling opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun. There was a universal sense of horror and sadness when the Grenfell Tower in London England was consumed by fire with scores of people perishing, unable to leave their apartments. If you follow the BBC or read the British media, this tragedy has shaken the well-meaning direction of doing things faster, cheaper and quicker. The cladding used on the exterior of the building was not fire resistant enough to be approved in Canada under the building code. Using that cladding which appeared to be quite combustible created a small cost savings for this building, but turned out to contribute to this unimaginable disaster.

But Lance Berlowitz, who went to school at the Architectural Association in London points out that ” virtually all of the news images and videos of the recent fire…

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