The Industrial Revolution was one of the historic events that changed our life in almost all ways imaginable. It was an explosion that changed the food we eat, the clothes we wear and even the language we speak. It propelled the growth of European population, lead to the expansion of Western culture, it shaped the world as we know it. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution and the string of consequences attached to it, the standards of living throughout the globe rose, initiating in Europe, and then all over the world. A revolution that made slavery a thing of the past. Today even the poor can afford to wear shoes and not only the rich drive automobiles. Status symbols of the past have become commodities of the masses, nhà công nghiệp playthings of the rich have become hobbies of the middle class, all this thanks to the series of events called the industrial revolution.
Yet industry is blamed today and it is blamed for a wide variety of problems. We blame industry for polluting our globe, we blame machines for making us overweight, we blame it for destroying our tropical rainforests. We forget however, how far the industrial revolution has brought us. We tend to despise industry and their worldly ambassadors, industrial buildings, for they are loud and they smell bad. Basically, they are the last place we want to live next to.
Industrial steel buildings however are just as necessary for our way of living as roads and electricity are. They should not be looked upon as a necessary evil, for most people tend to think of old, smelly factories where workers would work amongst loud, heavy machinery around the clock, and that is mostly an outdated stereotype. It is true that most industrial steel buildings today are built to ensure efficiency, they are built not to fit with a specific set of aesthetic ideals, but to produce items that are part of our everyday life. Regardless, industrial metal buildings today do not have to be an ugly sore to the eye. Nowadays they are built with the most modern materials and techniques, which makes them not only dependable, and energy efficient (and thus less of an environmental threat) but also less of an eyesore, and more of harmonic part of urban architecture.
It is an interesting observation, that one of the key propellers of the industrial revolution is the revolution itself. For progress in techniques of production and materials further facilitate the production of high quality industrial materials and other products. An example can easily be made: if it wasn’t for the progress in metallurgy of the past few centuries, the material which is the key component of modern industrial buildings would not exist.