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Talking Skyscrapers

Two weeks ago, I described The Structure of Skyscrapers in America as being a longer and better-written version of some of the arguments I make in this blog. In the interest of multi-media presentation, I’d like to point out that I will be discussing these same topics – the intersection of construction history, the history …

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Good News On The Book Front

Thanks to great work – and, I expect, enormous effort – on the part of APTI in general and Janet Bascom specifically, The Structures of Skyscrapers is now available on Amazon. If you read this blog and would like to see me make longer and better-organized arguments, without typos, this is the book for you. …

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Small-Scale Calculations

I’ve been packing for a move, which means a lot of assembling boxes from the movers and filling them. There’s some fun in the repetitive tasks and there’s also a lot of time to think, which has in the past led me down some strange paths. The book boxes are 17 inches by 12-1/2 by …

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It Looked Familiar: Yet Another Courthouse

I’ve only done six of these, and this is the third courthouse. Matt Murdoch, AKA Daredevil, is in his civvies to try a case. That building with all the sculptures is pretty much instantly recognizable: it’s the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York State, facing Madison Square at 25th Street. (In other …

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Telling A Story

The Structures of Skyscrapers was just reviewed by Ray Bert for Civil Engineering magazine: here. It’s a good review, which is obviously gratifying, but it also brought up two issues. The first is credit: reading about decisions I made in writing the book, leads to an immediate response that the editorial, design, and production staff …

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