Behind the Scenes

Old Structures is tinkering with some of the machinery that keeps our web presence running. The website will remain up at its main address ( and our regular emails will be functioning at the ” ” addresses. The .com website and emails will be down for the next day or so. Don’t worry, we’re …

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An Inevitable Discussion

I try to steer this blog away from current events, with exceptions made for historic-preservation and engineering events that make the headlines, like the fire at Notre Dame. Yesterday, it felt like some kind of threshold had been passed, and so I’m going to talk briefly about the Coronavirus pandemic. To state the obvious: we’re …

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Our Website’s New Look

Websites are interesting things. The web in its current form is thirty years old and commercial use was only allowed in 1993, but in the last 26 years this piece of technology has become our sign, our ad, a simple brochure, and our virtual front door. We have pretty much the same goal as every …

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The Intersection of Technology, Architecture, and Office Sociology

The modern open-plan office has a long pedigree.  In 1919, Modern Business had this to say on the topic: “There are offices today where everybody, from the president down, is located in one great room. The higher officials are usually separated by railings from the general office. The advantages of such a system are obvious. …

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