wendy’s occupying the house

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As we walk into the 1930’s building that houses the Reading Fine Arts degree show we are passed a clip-board with a pen attached on a long string. The

Building Occupants Register

A dedicated labelled plynth proudly holds the list of visitors on a smartly painted brick wall above what was once a modern radiator.

As I leave the building I wonder whether my name should be struck from the list. I’m no longer an occupant. Where does visiting end and occupancy begin? For a firefighter, tackling a blaze, “who’s in the building?” is the key question. A partailly accurate paper list will not help them.

Building Occupants Register

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  1. nick writes:

    Like many ideas that are good in theory, the occupants/visitors register always fails because people forget to sign in or sign out and nobody monitors what’s happening. If there was a fire, you’d still have to fall back on the old “have a look in all the rooms” procedure.

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  2. wendy writes:

    its a beautiful anitque document and social process to keep alive… …even if it lacks functionality

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