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Typology From The Sky

New York City has an open data policy, which makes it possible to download a number of interesting databases from the city government’s website. They’ve also put a number of data sets related to the built environment on a single map, at http://maps.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/. I use it for various purposes in finding information about old buildings, …

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Not Just Mass Production

New York has an enormous amount of architectural terra cotta on building facades, mostly installed between 1900 and 1930, although use started earlier and ended later. To really get a handle on the phenomenon, you have to look at it more as a moment in the history of building technology than the history of architecture. …

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All Technological Fixes Are Temporary

The photo above shows the station yard behind (north of) Union Station in Washington DC, around 1910. A “union” station is one that serves more than one railroad company, and this station replaced a Baltimore & Ohio station and an older union station that served the Pennsylvania, the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Southern Railway. …

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Normalcy, Part 2: Tools

If, as discussed yesterday, we switch from an office-centered view of the firm to one that treats office-based and remote work more equally, how do we do it? The answer is that we have to use a somewhat different set of tools than we used before. Note that the purpose of my discussion below is …

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Another Problem With Classification

This is not just another skyscraper post because the building above is not just another skyscraper. That’s the 1903 Ingalls Building in Cincinnati, photographed when it was brand new, and its mere existence badly messes up any simple narrative of skyscraper development. Ingalls was the first skyscraper with reinforced-concrete structure. I firmly believe that there …

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