Month: October 2016

Historic Structural Detail: A Different View

Beautifully picture, no? In case it’s not intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer, that shot is looking down vertically at the floor and there’s a construction worker facing me at the top. The dark gray rectangle running left to right is a U-section cast iron beam, with the outside flange painted white.  We …

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The Future!

Real prisons never looked like this: There is nothing about these ideas that I don’t love. Even the ones that would have been awful if built (such as turning Central Park into some demented version of the Versailles gardens) are great when seen solely as presentation drawings. Raymond Hood – my favorite tall-building architect, for …

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