Lost, Forgotten, and Transformed

“Buildings lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed” by Shane Reiner-Roth is a nice short discussion of adaptive reuse and the alternatives. When a building’s original use – its original purpose – is gone, what happens next? It can fall into decay and eventually disappear or it can be reused. As I’ve said before, the best way …

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Different Shades of Green

I came across the carbon-emission maps at CoolClimate.org by accident yesterday, from a mention in Kate Wagner’s twitter feed. Ms. Wagner is best known for McMansion Hell, but has been branching out into other architectural and urbanism critique. The maps are fascinating for what they have to say about our assumptions and actually addressing carbon …

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Modeling and Understanding, Part 6 and the End For Now

Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 give the context. Engineers create models. So do architects, economists, sociologists, physicists, biologists, and sculptors, among others. What makes our models special? Not every single structural engineering problem is life and death, but a large percentage of them carry the possibility of catastrophic failure if dealt with improperly. …

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Modeling and Understanding, Part 5

Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 give the context. Strength and stiffness are both easy to understand in a qualitative way, as how much load something can hold and how much it will move when it holds the load, but non-engineers tend to underestimate the amount of time engineers spend addressing stiffness issues. I find …

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