Architecture: “Falling Water” and Falling Ice

Earlier this week, ice accumulated on some tall buildings in New York city and subsequently fell off of the building facades. An article in the New York Times suggests that architectural experimentation may have trumped common sense when it comes to certain details:

But with a one-off design, the odds are that something, or perhaps a number of things, will not work as planned. ?There?s been an emphasis in Modernism on experimentation and being different,? Mr. Massengale said. ?When you do something that?s never been done before, you?re increasing the chance that something is going to go wrong.?

In such cases, he added, the architect may learn the hard way. ?If he gets sued, the next time around he?ll do something different.?