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More information on The Structure of Skyscrapers, my history of the development of tall-building structural technology put to 1900, is at the link above. Or click on the book cover below. More information on City of Brick and Steel, our guide to the structure of buildings in New York City, is at the link above. …

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Lucy Moses Award: Belvedere Castle

I’ve written about Belvedere a lot, partly because it’s one of my favorite projects of the last few years and partly because it’s a unique structure and therefore posed unique challenges. A summary of my previous posts is here – Belvedere Castle – along with some vintage photos and some construction photos. Our work, performed …

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Intro To New York

[Editor’s Note: Ellen started at OSE in February, after grad school, just in time to complete orientation before the Covid-19 lockdown. I asked her if she was interested in writing about starting her job here under these circumstances, and she contributed the following. – DF] Two thousand twenty, a new decade uncorkedDawned brightly for me …

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An Inevitable Discussion

I try to steer this blog away from current events, with exceptions made for historic-preservation and engineering events that make the headlines, like the fire at Notre Dame. Yesterday, it felt like some kind of threshold had been passed, and so I’m going to talk briefly about the Coronavirus pandemic. To state the obvious: we’re …

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