Category: Architecture

Cargo cult architecture: Part 2, The unbuilt reality

8 November, 2013 (09:00) | Architecture, Calatrava, Cities, Construction, Economic development, Economics, Infrastructure, Leaks, Liability, Municipal Finance, New York City, Spain, Valencia |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post introduced architect Santiago Calatrava’s ever-more-costly port authority train station intended to undergird the rebuilt World Trade Center site, using a New York Times (September 25, 2013) takedown of Mr. Calatrava’s imperious disregard for physics, engineering, climate, and people – in favor, it must […]

Cargo cult architecture: Part 1, The built vision

7 November, 2013 (09:00) | Architecture, Calatrava, Cities, Construction, Development, Economics, Infrastructure, Leaks, Liability, Municipal Finance, New York City, Spain, Valencia |

By:David A. Smith   What city is this?   Paris (Small captions for the geographically impaired)   What city is this?   New York   This?   Moscow   This?   Sydney   This?   Los Angeles   This?   (Caption omitted to motivate reading on)   Though for the early images everyone recognizes both […]

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community

4 November, 2013 (13:57) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

­­Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community   [Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Second prize, two terms as mayor of Boston   As we saw […]

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 1, the individual

1 November, 2013 (11:44) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   The alleged reader?   As the Great Recession gives away to the Alleged Recovery, so many of the stories about which I’ve posted have wobbled between hope (innovation […]

Pulling a Cyrus for City Hall?

24 September, 2013 (10:38) | Architecture, Boston, City Hall, elections, Hastert, Housing, Land use, Martin J. Walsh, Politics, urban development, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   With a handful of days to go before the Boston mayoral primary, candidate Marty Walsh has just pulled a Cyrus, a neologism I’ve just coined to describe someone who shamelessly grabs the spotlight in a crowded field:   Worked, didn’t it?   Candidate Walsh’s announcement got him the front page of […]