Second Means of Egress

As Elizabeth Christoforetti and I have learned teaching housing studios in two cities (Boston and Toronto), attitudes about the code requirement for two means of egress has become a litmus test for the relative embrace of pragmatic constraints (or not) in design theory and pedagogy.  The Ontario College of Art and Design’s jaunty red diagonal strut – actually the second means of egress of the floating new wing – proves that even the most outré designers can leverage pesky code requirements within their overall design agenda.



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