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Last UpdateAPRIL 2020

5. Search and Plan: Worst Case Scenario

Prepare each building for the most pessimistic situations you can imagine, drawing from past experiences but also from accurate predictions. Reality will take care of surpassing them.

Worst Case Scenario.

-The project is tested from day one under all worst case scenarios. All solutions must be reliable. They have to work under floods, earthquakes, cold and heat waves, hurricanes, fires, snow storms, wild and careless users, economical collapses… Every place has its own worst case scenario. Although revision is carried out throughout the whole process, it is now when it is a specific action. Any idea has to be pushed to its limit, to find out its inconsistencies, where they break, degrade, leak, ideally and physically. Although most projects are one of a kind prototypes, each solution needs to be tested so we can predict its performance.

-In this stage we use imagination to test what we think. To verify that what we are designing will work out fine. It is faster and cheaper to imagine than to draw or build. Calculation also helps us to verify that our work hypothesis are correct. Digital simulation tools are allies all the way. But it is equally crucial to not fool ourselves. To predict all eventualities we leave behind what we wish would happen, and we embrace what will actually occur to the building we’re thinking of.



NAOMI KLEIN, 'This changes everything'. 2014.

ALAN WEISMAN, 'The world without us'.