The Wheel Turns

I’ve mentioned the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava before. I’ll be writing it about it this week because we’ve reached an important milestone: there is once again a roof structure on the damaged building. This is not the first step that has been taken toward restoring the cathedral to use, but it is the …

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The Ratio of Logistics to Design

Most importantly: this is not a project I am connected to in any way professionally. I simply walk by the site every single day, so I’ve taken an interest. West Street is effectively a highway. It has traffic lights, but it’s a major thoroughfare for long-distance travel and it’s an enormous pain for pedestrians to …

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The Nevius Street Bridge – Member Design

See here for part 1 of this dive into archaic bridge design. In a pure truss, all of the members are loaded only in axial tension or axial compression. No bridge is composed only of pure trusses – the deck beams that support the roadbed from the side trusses are loaded in bending – but …

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Interesting Because It Is Ordinary

Today’s post and a few more to follow are going to focus on the Nevius Street Bridge in Raritan, New Jersey. It’s simultaneously historic and interesting, and utterly common and boring. It was built in 1886 during an era when thousands of similar truss bridges were constructed across the United States. There is nothing in …

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A Code Change Made Visible

The picture above is a storefront on the Upper West Side. The building in question was constructed in 1899 and is seven stories tall, which make it quite likely that the structure consists of masonry bearing walls and wood-joist floors. The remarkable thing about the picture is that the big riveted built-up plate girder supporting …

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