Investigation

Modeling and Understanding, Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series give, I hope, some idea of what I’m talking about. This discussion began with the idea of intuition in engineering and I want to approach it from the investigation side. Unless a building is very simple, you don’t know what it’s structural system is when you start …

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Modeling and Understanding, Part 2

Part 1 is here and provides some context. There’s also a good Twitter thread starting here. There is, for me, no such thing as a blank slate when I investigate an existing structure. It’s not possible for me to start without some kind of assumption about how a building works because I have, over the …

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The Tell-Tale Heart On Nassau Street

Nassau Street is, even by the standards of lower Manhattan, narrow and crooked. Probably for that reason, a lot of old and small buildings have survived there. The building on the right, number 122, is a good example of such a survivor, with some moss on the brick above the storefront’s cornice, and steel plates …

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