Architecture

A Data Point In The Sociology Of Professions

Three related articles: “Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%” by Beth Mole, “Acoustic Furniture Won’t Save You from Open Offices” by Kate Wagner, and “The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea” by David Hansson. The shared theme can be teased out by careful …

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Various Levels Of Authenticity

Those two old buildings are, as far as I can tell, 49 and 53 Worth Street, and I’ll explain the hedging later on. They’re listed in the Department of Buildings records, incorrectly, as having been constructed in 1915 – they are mid-1800s loft buildings most likely used at first as stores and/or warehouses. They are …

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The Spectrum From Unpopular To Obsolete

The new West Thames Street Bridge is, in terms of design, something of an oddity. It’s a lenticular truss, and that’s a design that was never very common and hasn’t been used much in something over 100 years. I have no idea why the designers – WYX Architecture and Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers – choose this form, …

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Less Than Meets The Eye

Great Jones Street has a nice collection of industrial and loft buildings from the mid-1800s through the 1920s. I took this picture because the two small “stable” buildings caught my attention. The stable name comes from the pediments: The two buildings – 31 and 33 Great Jones – are similar but not identical, and the …

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