Month: August 2016

Data Points

  Part of the logic of historic preservation as cultural resource management is that it really can’t be imposed from without. If people don’t like a building, calling it a landmark won’t make them like it more. (This was, in my opinion, why the effort to save the Huntington Hartford Museum failed, and the building …

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The Star Trek Fallacies

Spoiler warning: this isn’t really about Star Trek.* The first Star Trek fallacy: Nothing requires maintenance. Seriously, what does Scotty do in-between battles that destroy half of the ship? We see the engineering crew members monitoring something or other on computers, but does nothing on board ship ever require physical maintenance? This is science fiction, so …

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San Francisco Joins The Club

San Francisco now has a facade inspection law. For those interested in such things, it applies to buildings five or more stories tall** and, more interestingly, has the timing of the first inspection related to the age of the buildings, with older buildings having their reports due first. There is also a provision that obviously …

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For The Weekend: Vacationish

The New York Times had a nice write-up on the Dry Tortugas, including Fort Jefferson, an old project of ours. It’s arguably the oddest place I’ve ever worked: an abandoned fort on an island in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, with limited fresh water and communication. But it’s pretty, in itself and in …

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