Why The Past Tense?

See here for part 1 and here for part 2 of this bridge. Why don’t we build bridges like Nevius Street any more? The answer is definitely not because they are functionally obsolete: any individual example might be, but there’s no reason we couldn’t design truss bridges with more clearance and higher load capacities for modern traffic. …

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A Long History

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, New York’s municipal buildings were designed to impress, with an emphasis on architectural grandeur, even when the style was bizarre. After a period in the mid-1900s when quality and style suffered, we are now back again in the swing of good design. The picture above is the 1899 …

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