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Building: the verb

14 November 2010

Derek Thomson

There’s a great article in today’s Observer which really captures what it feels like to participate in the process of building:

Out of an urban backwater, the 2012 Olympic dream takes shape

The seduction of construction is a powerful thing. It is the way that the sheer fact of building, the churning of mud and materials into frames and buildings, and the choreography of workers and machines, convinces us that something is being dealt with or transformed. Before the purposefulness of building, doubts recede about the purpose of what is being built.

The last sentence does hint at one of the problems that construction projects often encounter: that people get so caught up by the mechanics of the building process that they forget why they are building.


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