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From Humble to Huge

We have looked at buildings from some of the biggest buildings in the world built for rocket assembly to micro-houses that four strong men could lift. From the solo voice crying in the wilderness to a billion dollar plus portfolio … Continue reading

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How much common sense must we ignore before we appear nonsensical?

There are plenty of new mistakes to make, so why keep repeating the old ones. If someone came up with an idea to build a city below sea level, on the coast how much enthusiasm could we muster to proceed? … Continue reading

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The Perfect Wall

The perfect wall would have to be incorporated into the “perfect building” since we have agreed that buildings should be looked at as a system. The best step we can take is to back up to say, “In climates where … Continue reading

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Buildings as Machines or Systems

We seem to be a long way from the self-repairing building that would be the analog of the human body. Many have written about the building skin as analogous to the body skin, but remember: wound the building skin, and … Continue reading

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Claddings Leak! Water flows downhill!

All cladding leaks! I remember Joe Lstiburek’s “Flash for Cash” presentation well. Even all glass boxes leak at the seams! If 99% of caulk holds, you have 1% holes. Claude Shannon, the father of information theory applied redundancy to transmitting … Continue reading

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Why does good mold go bad?

We humans have enjoyed a long and fruitful symbiotic relationship with mold organisms. They have made us sick, made us well, preserved and enhanced our foods and diets. In short: Where would we be without them? Toting around sour milk, … Continue reading

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Caution Falling Building (parts)

Some of us remember the John Hancock Fiasco when I.M.Pei designed one beautiful all glass building in Boston, and before it was finished the windows started popping out. Theories of failure were abundant, and it turns out the problem was … Continue reading

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Shower Doors

I am staying in a 200 year old home on the coast of Maine. Real old timey place. One of the “modern” amenities is a beautiful old cast iron claw foot tub that has been rigged for a showers with … Continue reading

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Lack of Commonsense!

This is what happens when there’s not enough reinforcing steel in a concrete assembly: First, the apartment building was constructed. Afterward, the plan called for an underground garage to be dug out. The excavated soil was piled up on the … Continue reading

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Commonsense Direction

So, back in the day, when we started walking upright and living in caves, it was de rigeur not to generate waste on the same end of the cave as the water supply. Similarly, when villages grew, the privy, bathing, … Continue reading

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