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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-30 17:02:24
Architecturally Ghostbusting World War II BunkersObservation post (with container). These drawings, taken from Bunker Archeology, show just how massive these structures are. The heavy black lines represent solid concrete but remind me of the poché on a Beaux-Arts-style drawing. ?One of the essential characteristics of the bunker is that it is one of the rare modern monolithic architectures.? So writes philosopher-artist-dromologist Paul Virilio in …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-23 12:00:24
The Map-maker of Gotham CityEliot R. Brown’s hand drawn map of Gotham. (Eliot R. Brown) Gotham City is the perpetually dark comic book metropolis of alleys, asylums, caves, mansions, and of course, Batman. The Dark Knight of DC Comics celebrates his 75th anniversary this year but Gotham didn?t become the hometown of the Caped Crusader until 1940, when Batman co-creator Bill Finger …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-06-16 12:00:52
From Die Hard to James Bond: Mechanical Spaces and MoviesJohn McClane crawls through the mechanical spaces of Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard. The following essay  on Die Hard, Kafka, Deleuze, The Towering Inferno, Inception, James Bond, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning originally appeared in Volume 37: Is This Not a Pipe? - ?So you?re telling me the new space is secure and the old street entry …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-04-15 13:00:21
From Bauhaus to Dollhouse: When Architects Think SmallWorkers furnish Queen Mary’s Dollhouse in the drawing room of Lutyen’s London apartment                           (via The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton) Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was one of the foremost British architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though his name …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-02-28 07:04:44
Edgar Allan Poe, Design CriticA room furnished according to Poe’s “The Philosophy of Furniture” for a 1959 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (Image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum) In Edgar Allan Poe?s short story ?Landor?s Cottage,? the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking–some might even say excruciating–detail, but Poe also devotes a short paragraph to cottage?s …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-01-29 13:59:17
From Pits and Pendulums to Pastoral Porches: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bronx GetawayThe cottage rented by Edgar Allan Poe from 1846 until his death in 1849, located in Poe Park in the Bronx. Once upon a morning dreary, I left Brooklyn with eyes bleary, Wearily I took the subway to a poet’s old forgotten home. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe and his young wife …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-01-24 00:21:33
The Abandoned Cathedral We were sketching outside the Eglise Sacré-C?ur de Casablanca when a small man slowly shuffled out of the strange, Deco-Gothic structure and gestured for us to come inside. How could we resist? We stepped through the enormous cathedral door and our host smiled wide, saying in hesitant English, ?a church with no chairs,? before disappearing. It was a profound …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-31 20:04:51
Design Decoded: Building Better Bricks by Brewing Beer Researchers have discovered a way to use a byproduct of beer brewing to improve bricks. While for most of us, the side-effects of beer consumption include might include late night pizza, questionable decisions, and painful hangovers, researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar in Portugal have found a way to turn binge drinking into binge …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-20 03:18:44
Design Decoded: The Impressive Results of When You Ask Architects to Build With Gingerbread Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, as imagined in gingerbread by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves (image: caitlinstlye.com) Around this time every year, architects around the world are inspired to tie on their black Prada aprons, roll up their sleeves and apply their seven-plus years of education to the deliciously …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-12-11 19:04:02
Design Decoded: Traveling in Style and Comfort: The Pullman Sleeping Car An early Pullman sleeping car (image: American Science and Invention) The holiday season just started and, like many of you, I?ve already spent way too much time in crowded airports, cramped airplane seats, and desolate, freezing train platforms. It wasn?t always like this. There was a time when we didn?t shove our …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-28 02:18:09
Design Decoded: The Puppeteer Who Brought Balloons to the Thanksgiving Day Parade Anthony Sarg (center) and puppeteers touch up a parade balloon in 1929. (image: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade) The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (then known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade) was held in 1924 and culminated in front of Macy’s department store in New York City, where the elaborate holiday window …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-22 00:18:30
Design Decoded: The Architectural History of the the JFK Assassination Site The former Texas School Book Depository, now the Dallas County Administration Building (original image: Jim Bowen via Wikimedia commons) This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, a pall was cast over the country that some people say we?ve never emerged from. …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-14 03:18:33
Design Decoded: The Daring Escape From the Eastern State Penitentiary ?How 12 convicts escaped by tunnel from Eastern Penitentiary,? Diagram of the Tunnel published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, April 3, 1945 (image: Philadelphia Inquirer via Easter State Penitentiary) Eastern State Penitentiary opened its gates in 1829. It was devised by The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons, an organization of powerful …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-09 02:18:35
Design Decoded: How Nostalgia Plays Into Our Love of Buildings Old and New Main waiting room, Pennsylvania Station, New York, NY, circa 1910 (image: Library of Congress) October 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the end for New York?s old Pennsylvania Station. It took three years and countless hours of manpower to tear down what was the fourth-largest building in …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-09 02:18:35
Penn Station: How Nostalgia Plays Into Our Love of Buildings Old and New Main waiting room, Pennsylvania Station, New York, NY, circa 1910 (image: Library of Congress) October 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the end for New York?s old Pennsylvania Station. It took three years and countless hours of manpower to tear down what was the fourth-largest building in …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-07 00:27:33
On Preservation, Progress, and Penn Station.The Waiting Room at old Pennsylvania Station, designed by Charles McKim and William Richardson Tonight at the Center for Architecture in New York City, I’ll be on a panel discussing the once and future Pennsylvania Station. The event follows the 50th anniversary of the demolition of Penn Station and was prompted by a forthcoming two-man play about …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-01 21:47:58
Design Decoded: Scaffolding is All Over D.C. Here?s Why the Monuments Still Look Majestic Rendering of the scaffolding that will surround the dome during its restoration. There’s been so much scaffolding recently in Washington D.C. that it looks like the capital is recovering from an incredibly ruthless alien invasion, a knock-down drag-out superhero brawl, or some other action film-level disaster. In a city …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-11-01 00:48:43
Design Decoded: The Patents Designed to Make Carving Your Pumpkin a Little Less Messy Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Credit: Flickr user Teo It?s not Halloween until you?ve carved a pumpkin. But as the clock ticks down to All Hallows Eve?and you scramble to outdo that smug Heisenberg grin your neighbor carefully carved last weekend?you might have  stepped back from the kitchen table, …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-10-24 21:32:34
Design Decoded: The Inventive Mind of Walter Hunt, Yankee Mechanical Genius Walter Hunt’s 1849 patent for bent wire “dress pins”. As Hunt writes in his patent, “The distinguishing features of this invention consists of the construction of a pin made of one piece of wire or metal combining a spring, and clasp or catch, in which catch, the point of said pin …


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Life Without Buildings 2013-10-16 22:04:14
Design Decoded: The Many, Many Designs of the Sewing Machine Thomas Saint’s 1790 drawing for a leather sewing machine In the early years of the 19th century, the invention of the sewing machine was all but inevitable. Factories were filling with seamstresses and tailors, and savvy inventors and entrepreneurs around the world saw the stitching on the trousers. There were an incredible number of machine …


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