Social planners refer to an intractable issue as a 'wicked problem' - an issue that is difficult or impossible to solve.
It is estimated that by 2024 51% of Sydney residents will live in higher density units and townhouses. The wicked problem is that, at the current rate, most of these buildings will be built with major defects inherent i their design and construction.
Exhibit A, your honor, the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. this beautiful building won three major design Awards for its architects in 2009. The builder won the prestigious Master Builders "Project of the Year" Award, with the judges saying 'it displays a level of quality which far exceeds accepted industry standards'. It won the 2009 Concrete Institute of Australia Medal of Excellence Award.
A few weeks ago it was announced that the Gallery would be closed for 6 months to fix extensive leaks to the podium and car park. Such defects affect thousands of units.
Will the awards be withdrawn? Unlikely. Perhaps a public holding of those accountable to account? Nothing to see here. Silence maintained.
A wicked problem indeed.