Month: July 2018

A Backwards Compass Rose

This is a cool use of computer mapping technology: looking to see how much the streets align and presenting the results graphically. Manhattan generally follows the same pattern as Sydney, Mexico City, and Melbourne: most streets align along two perpendicular axes which do not themselves align with the cardinal directions. New York City as a …

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An Adaptive Reuse Success In Omaha

Whether or not train travel ever revives in the U.S., it’s safe to say that most of the old train stations will not, at least as stations. The big stations were largely corporate advertising and contained a lot of services that no longer are associated with traveling. For example, air travel has accustomed us to …

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The Intersection of Technology, Architecture, and Office Sociology

The modern open-plan office has a long pedigree.  In 1919, Modern Business had this to say on the topic: “There are offices today where everybody, from the president down, is located in one great room. The higher officials are usually separated by railings from the general office. The advantages of such a system are obvious. …

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The Past Hopes For The Future

Dan Mayzum’s plans to rehab an abandoned and decaying 1913 library in Middletown Ohio got a nice write up. This kind of adaptive reuse is difficult in a big city with a building still in good condition; it’s more difficult in a smallish city in a rural area, with a building that’s been abandoned for …

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