A Tiny Bit of Irony

There are 14 HABS/HAER surveys with the keyword “skyscraper.” Only one is in New York and it’s not a skyscraper: it’s the World Trade Center site as it existed in 2005, before rebuilding (after 9-11) began in earnest. The picture above gives a sense of the material in the survey: it’s a 2004 helicopter view …

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Book Review: Bold Ventures

Bold Ventures by Charlotte Van den Broeck is, to say the least, an odd book. The subtitle, “Thirteen Tales of Architectural Tragedy” gives a sense of the topic but not entirely. Van den Broeck, a poet most of the time, has assembled stories about buildings whose architects “either killed themselves or are rumored to have …

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Designing From Stupidity

“The importance of stupidity in scientific research” by Martin Schwartz is, in my opinion, worth reading for several reasons. First, a well-written essay is generally a beautiful sight, and this is certainly that. Second, he makes an important point about scientific research. More importantly,. Schwartz’s conclusion is more widely applicable than he states it is. …

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Castle Clinton Never Ends

My walking commute takes me past Castle Clinton twice every day, which has been great on the days when I had a meeting on site and otherwise nice to look over progress of the project. I mentioned yesterday that it can be fuzzy when a project ends, so let’s look at a timeline for the …

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