I read Claire Curtis Thomas's letter with some incredulity.
Does this member of parliament not know of British Standards, Codes of Practice, etc. Artists and musicians can dream up whatever they like, with no brief, no budgetary requirement and no guarantees required of the outcome (and let us face it, a lot of the outcome is rubbish).
Is she suggesting we engineers throw our design standards out of the window and design subjectively beautiful structures which fall down when the wind blows?
Does anyone remember the yacht designer who in these very pages advised young engineers to think of form before function? Remember how his yacht fell apart on it's maiden voyage? I rest my case.
John Edwards. (AM) John.Edwards@liverpool.gov.uk