Questionable design. Or not?

The radiator below is in one of the rooms I teach in in the Swedish Riksdag (Parliament). It is a very cold room, particularly on Mondays. I have never been able to figure out why that radiator is so high up. How on earth would you bleed it or change the temperature?

And below is something I see often in ‘design fails’ articles. Along with sarcastic captions about how if you were not disabled before you used this wheelchair ramp, you would definitely be disabled afterwards.

It is actually not a wheelchair ramp at all. It is for parents with prams or pushchairs. They can ascend or descend the stairs as usual while keeping a safe grip on their pushchair, the wheels of which fit on the ramps. No bumping the pram up and down the stairs one jolting step at a time.

Sweden’s urban areas are built to make things easier for parents. Buses are also built to make it easier for parents to travel with their children in strollers or prams. They sink to be flush with the sidewalk and also have allocated areas in the bus where you can park the pram (or a walker or wheelchair), clip it fast, and sit safely in it or beside it. Something you don’t see much in other big cities such as London for examples.


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 thoughts

  1. We have radiators up above the doors and archways in our apartment and it’s because there are air vents behind them. The idea is it’s more efficient to heat the air as it enters the room and then let it circulate vs let the cold air enter the room and wait for it to warm up.

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