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Learning A Lesson

I’ve been seeing quite a few articles recently on how Covid-19 will affect architecture, on what lessons we all will learn from this (obviously still on-going) experience. For example, “How Architecture Could Help Us Adapt to the Pandemic” by Kim Tingley; “Blue-sky thinking: how cities can keep air clean after coronavirus” by Jonathan Watts; and …

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Construction History: Summer At The Beach, Part 5

I’m going to end this series, for now, with arguably the most ordinary ride at Coney Island 120 years ago: Shoot the Chutes. Compared to roller coasters or many other rides, the engineering is almost negligible: the little cars go up the tracks on the right, and then speed, uncontrolled, down the ramp and into …

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Construction History: Elephants At The Beach

The picture above is Lucy, an elephant-shaped building in Margate, New Jersey, near Atlantic City. Lucy is one of the few truly odd attractions from the early days of American seaside amusement parks to survive until now, and achieved a second fame over a century after construction. The important, and mildly unbelievable stats: constructed in …

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