A Profession Is People

The articles linked below may only be connected in my head, bit they seem to me to be a themed set. First, why do people become engineers? For some it’s a family thing, but for many of us it’s based on inspiration when we’re teens. I’ve mentioned before that the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, …

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The Intersection of Technology, Architecture, and Office Sociology

The modern open-plan office has a long pedigree.  In 1919, Modern Business had this to say on the topic: “There are offices today where everybody, from the president down, is located in one great room. The higher officials are usually separated by railings from the general office. The advantages of such a system are obvious. …

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Someone’s Got To Build It

I was fairly surprised to see this article saying that the number of construction workers in the city decreased in 2016. Construction in the city has been at high levels for years, which means construction workers have steady gigs, which traditionally has meant an increase in the number of people in the field. The article …

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Response to a Manifesto

Old Structures is an engineering firm, not an architecture firm; our technical employees are all engineers. That said, we work with architects every day and the two professions are closely related and to some degree mirror images of each other. The Architecture Lobby Manifesto therefore resonates a great deal with me. The text at the …

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