Saturday, March 31, 2018

don't passover this

March comes

Friday, March 30, 2018

guess I'll set a course and go

I just try to keep things so lame, 
there is nothing here to steal.

not lame: 1969

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

little boy blue

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

license to kiln

Terra cotta (literally “burnt earth”) enjoyed a rennaissance in Northern Italy in the 15th century.

It spread to England in the early 1800’s 
and to New York City by the late 1800’s.

Our 1886 ClockTower is a great example.

But this building, Casa Manzoni is in Milan, in northern Italy.

It was built in the 1700’s but restored to terracotta glory in 1864.

The American stonecutter’s union was not happy when this trend landed in New York.

“It will not endure in New England winters!” was their battle cry.
(But it does.)

All over our city terracotta is as sharp and crisp and clean
 as the day it came out of the kiln.

In Italy, too.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

behold the lowly bar joist

The Manhattan Bridge was built from 1901-1912 using a device
 known as the Warren Truss.

That “W” design dawned on British engineer James Warren
way back in 1848.

If he alternated triangular supports, the resulting truss was very light, and remarkably strong.

It worked well in big planes, too.

Today it’s called a “bar joist” and it is still used
in all kinds of buildings.

So of course they tried a bridge.

Worked great.

In fact our Manhattan Bridge is the first ever to be based
 on the Warren Truss.