A New Order

Classical architecture has traditionally been taught through the “orders,” set combinations of column base, column, column capital, and entablatures. The Greeks used the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Orders; the Romans added the Tuscan and Composite Orders; and ever since the Renaissance architects have dabbled in creating new orders for new times. The problem with creating …

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A Palette Of Materials

That’s a picture of the 23rd Street station of the original IRT subway under construction, probably in 1903. That station is now part of the Lexington Avenue line and you can find that stair, although the passageway that makes up the left side of the photo is partially hidden and partially altered. The platform for …

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Humans Versus Nature, Yet Again

There are four very large rivers in the northeastern U.S. that flow basically north south: the Connecticut, which that makes up the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire before cutting Massachusetts and Connecticut in two and entering the Long Island Sound at New Haven; the Hudson which runs south near the east edge of New …

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Anthropomorphism and a View

That’s the Kuskulana River Bridge near Chitina, Alaska, and that is some setting. The forest and mountains go on forever, but here are a few stats: there are three main spans, the longest of which is 230 feet and the bridge is “238 feet” above the gorge. (The quotes are because those heights are always …

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