Art can teach us plenty of things about history, different cultures, or various techniques and styles that can be used. If you think outside of the box, art can teach us more than that. Sometimes we can learn from their mistakes and apply that knowledge to develop our own projects. As the famous phrase states, to err is human. Examples of human error can be seen all around us, even in some of the most popular architectural models, monuments and paintings.
So let’s all take a look at the 5 most interesting mistakes from architecture and art and see how that applies to development. Why do you always need to review your code by a software development company and ensure everything is in the right place before it’s too late? Take a look and book a consultation with us if you want us to help with it!
The leaning tower of Pisa
Did you know that poor calculation can cause huge mistakes?
We’ve all heard of the leaning tower of Pisa. If you haven’t, you’ve probably seen it on Instagram and Facebook – it’s the building everyone acts they’re trying to straighten. But the tower of Pisa wasn’t supposed to be leaning at all. This happened due to the uneven setting of the building’s foundations in the ground and poor calculations that architects made. After completing the first three stories of the tower in 1170, the issue became evident – but it was too late then. Centuries later, the Leaning Tower of Pisa became one of the most famous Italian monuments. There were several attempts to straighten the tower, all of which received negative comments from the public. It seems that we all grew to love this mistake.
Poor calculation can cause huge mistakes, yet a mistake rarely becomes so popular. We can also apply this to codes – make sure your calculations are in place, and if you’re not sure about it, you can always ask us.
Sydney Opera House
Did you know that reviewing can save projects?
Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings in the world and one of Sydney’s symbols. However, this building contains one of the biggest mistakes modern architecture has seen. Ironically, Sydney Opera House is one of the buildings with the worst acoustics in the world. How did this happen? In 1967 it was decided that the small sail portion of the structure would not be used for stage productions as initially planned. It would house the opera instead. Similarly, the part intended to house the opera would serve as a concert hall. Last year, Australia announced plans to renovate the building – a project that will cost $202 million.
Did you know that some mistakes can cost you millions?
Fallingwater was a project of Frank Lloyd Wright, who was asked to create a weekend house for Edgar Kaufmann, the owner of the Kaufmann franchise. This grand experiment was supposed to push the boundaries of technology and building methods, but poor calculations on Wright’s side made this one of the best examples of architectural mistakes. Even though this house, constructed on a waterfall on Bear Run in rural Pennsylvania, was incredibly stunning, it had some significant flaws. Apart from the fact that excess humidity and fungal growth got very bad quickly, the building started to deform when several cracks formed on the terrace’s parapet. The house is now renovated and steady, but this cost an extra $1 million.
Some mistakes can be very costly. If you’re up for an architectural solution, we can always recommend our friends over at Hybrid Technical solutions (you can see their fantastic work here). Be as it may, Fallingwater is one of the best examples that some mistakes can cost you millions. That is why you should always make sure you review your code, which we can help you with for free.
Edgar Allan Poe’s statue in Baltimore
Making a typo is a big and embarrassing mistake for anyone who makes it. However, making a typo on a monument celebrating the life and art of a great artist is even more unforgivable. In 1921, a statue of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore’s Wyman Park saw one such mistake. To make matters worse, the statue didn’t contain one, but two mistakes. The statue was supposed to cite lines from Poe’s most famous work of art, “The Raven”: “Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before”. The typo changed the context of the whole sentence – it was not a mortal, but “mortals” who were doing the “dreamng”. The typo was fixed when a literary fanatic took the matter into his own hands and removed the extra S.
This example only proves that one typo can change the context of the whole sentence. The same goes in development – a typo can mess up the entire code, which can very often be noticed only when it’s too late.
Van Gogh’s “The Potato Eaters”
It’s tough to define a mistake in the world of art. An artist has the complete freedom do to whatever they want with the painting, and labelling a masterpiece as one with a mistake might not be the right thing to do. However, Van Gogh’s first major painting, “The Potato Eaters”, is a topic of speculation. This painting shows that he had yet to master texture, colour and portraiture, which can be seen in the misshapen heads of the peasants in the painting. Still, it is regarded as one of his most significant works, mainly because it was the first big Van Gogh’s project.
Let’s take the example of “The Potato Heads” and apply it to the world of development. It will show us that we should always ask for advice if we want to create something magnificent. That is why we offer to review your code – we can tell you what you need to fix for your software to run as smooth as possible. Make sure to book a consultation with us right now.
Writing code can indeed be seen as a form of art nowadays. This is not an easy task, and you can always create a bad code unless you have the skills and know what you’re doing. This is why we want to show you where you need extra help and point on what you can improve so that your code is the best possible. The consultation that we offer is free, so make sure to book a consultation, and we’ll be right there!