Something you would have noticed if you watched the ABC report on Tianjin linked in my last post (not seen it? - well go back and do so now) was how many apartment tower blocks in the area lost every window in the blast.
I have been noticing in my wanderings around Brisbane lately that quite a lot of the new high rise apartments are being build with full length glass walls to the street, at least in some of the rooms. Blinds provide privacy as needed.
I don't care for this trend. Apart from glass being problematic from a heat regulation point of view (well, sometimes it works well if you want to warm a room in winter, but let's face it, for most of the year in Brisbane you are trying to keep a room cool), it just makes for what looks to me like a structurally insubstantial building. I like bricks and concrete to provide shelter to me from the outside elements, and don't other people feel this way too? (As well as not particularly wanting to feel like their block look like one of those kid's ant farms from the outside?)
And, of course, you never really know when your building might be subject to a destructive air blast of human or celestial cause, and having your entire bedroom or living room wall blown over you is not an optimal outcome.
No, give me apartments with some external solid concrete walls, any day.