Our Research

More information on The Structure of Skyscrapers, my history of the development of tall-building structural technology put to 1900, is at the link above. Or click on the book cover below. More information on City of Brick and Steel, our guide to the structure of buildings in New York City, is at the link above. …

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Splitting The Difference

The main building of the New York Public Library is one of the city’s gems of Beaux Arts architecture. There’s a good argument to be made that it’s the best we’ve ever had, surpassing Penn Station, Grand Central, and the Metropolitan Museum. But is was also built using, in part, some fairly advanced structural techniques: …

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Hiding The Good Stuff With More Good Stuff

If you go to the New York Public Library’s digital collection and search for “construction” you get, among other things, a collection of hundreds of photos of the construction of the main branch of the library between 1902 and 1911. The library is an incredibly complex building with a series of large interlocking public spaces …

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Famous Invention Number 36

Wills was a British cigarette company that apparently decided to use its packs for semi-educational fun. The description on the back, below, is reasonably accurate, putting economics as the prime mover behind the development of steel-frame technology. I have no idea whether the average Wills smoker would have recognized the picture on the front. It …

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