Superstitions abound in the world of construction and engineering. There are gruesome tales of archaeologists finding the remains of human sacrifices in the foundations of ancient buildings. Thankfully, that is not a practice commonly seen today although the idea that walking under a ladder that is leaning against a wall being a sign of bad luck still pervades.
Once construction is complete there are other superstitions that come into play. I grew up in a street where the odd numbered houses on my side jumped from 11 to 15. Similarly, there are many tall buildings that exist without a thirteenth floor as well as airports that don’t have a Gate 13.
Given that today is Friday the 13th and that we can expect two more Friday the 13ths in the next six months, we thought it would be a good opportunity to ask you about your design superstitions.
Is there anything you consistently avoid or any routine which you insist on repeating as you begin each new project? Do you have a lucky charm or an unlucky omen which you take more seriously than you like to admit?
Let us know what scares you and the most revealing comments will win an exclusive AutoCAD WS t-shirt.
Happy Friday the 13th everyone… Boo!