Investigation

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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The Little Mysteries

The first possibility is that the roof of this tenement was visited by the world’s most boring graffiti artist, who left the world’s most boring graffito on the old chimney. The second possibility is that a tenant was spray-painting something and used the chimney as a prop. The paint marks are overspray in that case. …

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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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Materials Compatibility

The majority of furniture in our office is reused. The steel tanker desks and barrister bookcases of the 1950s are indestructible and have a lot of storage space; reuse is part of trying to be green. We’ve had to perform some rust removal and some painting, but overall it’s been a good experience. The biggest …

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