The First To Go

Since the first iteration of New York’s facade inspection law was enacted in 1980, we’ve seen a lot of real-time data on how buildings age and how people deal with that aging process. The first couple of five-year cycles of the law were brutal, as masonry that had not been properly maintained or inspected was …

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A Design Problem

The Oculus at the World Trade Center has as its signature design element exposed truss work that – to me, anyway – greatly resembles the skeleton of a stegosaurus. Whether or not that design is good aesthetically is not really a topic I want to debate. But there’s a usability issue that I noticed the …

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