One of the things that you’ll notice about a lot of modern artists is that their pieces of art will only make sense to them. When they try to explain it, the entire piece seems to fall apart. I sometimes feel that way about some modern architects. The fact that they’re designing buildings makes the ‘falling apart’ bit more literal and devastating in some cases. In other cases, they just end up causing problems out of carelessness and a seeming inability to predict how their buildings will interact with the real world.
There was a hotel that seemed to have been constructed entirely out of glass, or at least with enough glass that it would generate some truly spectacular glare. This was the Vdara Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas, NV, so you could say that this level of tackiness was to be expected. However, the sunlight rays managed to bounce off the glass and hit the guests who just wanted to lounge by the pool in peace.
Normally, you would think that they would appreciate that someone decided to augment their tans. However, the rays were so strong that some people actually ended up with singed hair. When you have that much glass, you’re not so different from a kid with a magnifying glass and a bunch of ants.
I’m sure the big glass building looked great on paper. I’m sure the idea that these sunlight rays would actually singe people would seem like an absurd worry on paper. A lot of architects today seem to think according to their papers however, and they need to be able to broaden their perspectives or things like this are just going to keep happening.