More Reuse

Changes in technology and society have orphaned newspaper boxes. You remember them? Twenty years ago there was discussion about how we could best organize and standardize them to deal with the proliferation of steel boxes on street corners; now they’re almost extinct because people have stopped buying newspapers on the street. Enter up-cycling newspaper boxes. …

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Addressing A Problem

“The road to low-carbon concrete” by M. Mitchell Waldrop is a thorough summary of the situation. In short, concrete use contributes way too much carbon to the atmosphere, and anyone involved in design and construction needs to be conscious of that. There’s a great deal that can be said on this topic but I’m not an …

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Box In A Box

Rain Noe has an interesting piece up at Core77 about adaptive reuse of an abandoned power plant by building new spaces within the cavernous main hall. He rightly refers to this as box-in-a-box architecture. I think that, for certain types of buildings, it’s a great idea. Most adaptive-reuse projects center on how to get the interior …

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An Old Trade-Off Is Still Current

The picture above is the 1914 Adams Express Building at 61 Broadway. The two biggest buildings below are Singer, on the left, and the 1907 City Investing Building on the right. These two buildings are used as examples in the article below, “Heat Losses From Buildings Of Modern Type,” which I’m putting up here in …

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Powering The Mastodon

The Mohawk River is a tributary of the Hudson River, joining the bigger river at the north end of Troy, New York. Unlike the Hudson, which is a sea-level estuary all the way from New York Bay to the Federal Dam located halfway between downtown Troy and the Mohawk, the Mohawk naturally has a reasonably …

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