Indicative Stripes – Etymology and Intent Edition

Doug Korves asked a few good questions about my recent post on the topic of brick evidence of steel-frame damage. Rather than answer them on LinkedIn, where he asked, I’m going to answer them here on the theory that if he’s interested, other people probably are too. Doug’s first question: Could you expound more on …

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Nothing Is Easy

270 Park Avenue, a late-1950s skyscraper, is currently being demolished. The picture above shows the south side of the building at street level. Those two sentences are just about the only thing that I can say that are undisputed fact, as everything else on this topic is either politically and architecturally fraught or is speculation …

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Indicative Stripes

Yet another photo off of a rooftop, this time on the Upper West Side. You can’t really tell from this angle, but those buildings are all ten to thirteen stories high, and they’re all steel-frame with brick curtain walls. We’re looking at the rear facades, facing the interior of the block. First, most of these …

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All In Where You Look

The combination of a rectangular grid of relatively narrow streets and tall buildings produces some weird effects. For example, it’s much easier to see what’s around you from a distance than from up close. The picture above is East 33rd Street. A bunch of loft buildings of various types, right? Look up a bit… Hey! …

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