In these days of carbon trading schemes and plastic bag bans, one aspect of modern apartment design strikes me as odd. I've been in quite a few of the new blocks of "units" being built in the inner areas of our cities and the same thing has been missing in every single one.
Without exception, in these "cutting edge" new dwellings, there is nowhere provided to hang out the washing. The designers may point out that there is always a place where you can put a tumble dryer - but, of course, tumble dryers drive up energy use.
I suppose if you were an extremely generous person, you might interpret the equally universal failure in these places to provide somewhere to store a vacuum cleaner as a clumsy attempt to offset the electricity now used in clothes drying by making it impossible to electronically clean up the floor.
But you would have to be extremely generous.
The sensible way round this environmental dilemma would be to string your wet sheets and clothing off the balcony. But when I suggested this to an apartment dweller recently, I was told the body corporate wouldn't be having it - and a good thing too!
"This is not Naples, you know", I was informed.