The Cuteness Is Misleading

That’s a lock on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, constructed in the 1780s. First, the canal was designed by John Smeaton, so I hope it’s fair to say that looking at that canal is paying tribute to greatness. Second, my immediate reaction, before I thought about it, was “it’s so small and cute.” Railroads were …

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The GMDC Ozone Park Industrial Center

It feels a little funny to write a blog post about a project that’s been on our website for months, but sometimes that’s how things turn out. We’ve worked on several projects for the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center; the factory in Ozone Park is the latest and in many ways our favorite. In short, …

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Research Update

A new year, and some more old papers made accessible: Marie worked on a study of the uses of non-destructive testing with two co-authors (Robert Weber, William Windes) that resulted in a report from the Army Corps of Engineers, “Evaluation of Nondestructive Methods for Determining Structural Configurations of Existing Buildings”: here. I presented a paper …

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Convincing Fiction

It’s hard to describe how much I love the illustration above. It’s from a booklet (that I’ll be discussing in more depth in the near future) called “Illustrations of the Croton Aqueduct” by an engineer named F. B. Tower who worked on the Croton project. The Croton dam and aqueduct were absolutely necessary for New …

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