Broadway-Chambers: Not Just For Fun

I’ve now taken a look at four of these old marketing books – and more is on the way, depending on what books turn up – and I feel like the question of “why” should be addressed. Why look at books for Singer and City Investing, both gone for more than 50 years? Why look …

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Forgotten Practice

Late last year, I wrote a long post on survival bias, and mentioning that topic yesterday made me realize I missed one aspect of it. When I discussed the topic before, I talked about how we don’t see a random cross-section of buildings from the past: we tend to see the better-constructed buildings because the …

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(Above, the personification of Prudence, with pet dragon.) A few years ago, I went down a rabbit hole of reading on the topic of epistemology. This is an incredibly complex topic, in part because it’s reflexive (how do you know that the theory of knowledge you have is actually a meaningful theory of knowledge?) and …

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Code Splash Effects

Yesterday I talked about the difficulty of fitting a code from one era to a building from another. A bit of creative interpretation may be necessary since some of the governing assumptions of the document may be wrong. The reverse effect can also be true, where a literal reading of current code has a different …

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Do Not Assume

The page above was added to the library scan of a 1924 code. (I assume it was added to any number of old codes, but I only saw it in the one document.) In one sense, that statement is straightforward and means exactly what it says: anyone designing a new structure should be using the …

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