Building from top to bottom
20 June, 2015
Building from top to bottom
Natural disasters have happened before, they are happening now and will happen in the future too. And not only in Georgia, as a matter of fact! Man has learnt how to handle them. Man continues learning the ways how to cope with the environment and harness it to his own benefit, albeit to the detriment of Mother Nature. Handling a natural disaster does not mean a human action just at the moment of the calamitous Act of God or after the
catastrophe has taken place. Handling it means arranging the human life optimally long, long before the tragedy happens. What I am saying here is just the ABC of human behavior on Earth, but I have to say it anyway because those simple truths of our life are often ignored or misinterpreted by all of us. Tbilisi is an ancient town and its infrastructural capacities and capabilities are doubtful, to put it mild, making the place vulnerable to any unpredictable rage of elements. It rained hard for a couple of hours the other day, and today, the city is almost buried in mud, with newly made roads in absolute ruins and shambles, people dead, their dwellings wiped out or unrecognizably devastated, cars pilfered by mad sludgy waters and then swallowed up, animals of the zoo at large and roaming the streets of the town, traffic totally paralyzed, the government counting the damage, rescuers sweating, volunteers out to help, and the prospect murky – this is the picture. And who knows how many miles of drawback this might mean in the process of our economic development, saying nothing about the long-run traffic predicaments and possibly, the new hurdles on successful organization of the upcoming European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi this summer. Having made this simplistic introduction into the topic, the only thing I would wonder is if this country is in possession of any relevant calculations of how its capital should be built in general. Do we know exactly the necessary details and parameters of current and future construction projects? What I mean is if we are building correctly or not. For instance, do we know with precision the maximum height of high-rise buildings which are in the process of construction or the ones to be constructed? How about the most favorable spots in town where their construction should be allowed according to applicable esthetic and scientific premeditations? How safe are the buildings we are living in and the bridges over the rivers that we are walking. What about the tunnels and the monumental underground piping, letting any possible amount of flood waters through? The sewerage facility is the last but not least a question that strikes the boggled mind. Flooding will be forgotten until the next one, but the sewerage will remain under ground forever with its bottlenecks and perennial breakages. What if some day the damned thing bursts and buries the town in crap? Impossible? Why? If the recent humongous flooding was possible, why the sewerage fiasco is not imaginable in the capital city? I think I am arriving at the point of thought which is pushing me to suggest the open-heart surgery of this place. Building of any city should start from bottom and proceed to top – axiomatic, isn’t it? Why then we are building from top to bottom? Why don’t we say a big ‘no’ to building the chic and luxurious structures that are usually noticeable by public in favor of the leaders who crave to perpetuate their image in hearts and minds of their fellow citizenry? A normal construction endeavor starts as a rule with building roads and the conveniences for discharging the human natural demands, including the sewerage and drainage facilities. Plus, every future structure has to have the parameters that are based on scientific precalculations and prognoses. Nothing should be done at random and fortuitously. Don’t we know that much? Even I, who has never been into construction and math, know that. Let us build as big and good as it is needed, allowed and possible, and let us build where the scientific logic is prompting. The entire world is being built according to thoroughly deliberated and well maturated plans, approved and reapproved on umpteen levels of authority. Are we doing this too? If we are, why can’t we get better ready to accommodate the nature? Why can’t we go along with what the rest of the world is doing in terms of avoiding the consequences of natural disasters? Why can’t we stop building from top to bottom by reversing the ugly practice? Can’t we make an elementary guess first and then a decision before it becomes too late? The world is open to us. If our qualification is not quite enough for most advantageous decision-making, why can’t we apply to our friendly West or East? I am sure both will provide a piece of mind without much expenditure or political insinuations. I know that the talking I am doing is easier than doing it, but reminding ourselves that we need to use more smarts when it comes to building the country would not hurt. So this is just another reminder, nothing else. Building from bottom to top is so natural that it does not even need a reminder. But reminders need those in whose hands we find ourselves as ruling subjects from time to time.
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