Category: Engineering

The risk of complicated structures

2 September, 2008 (10:30) | Architecture, Configuration, Construction, Engineering, Humor, Maintenance |

A while back, I posted in Dreamers versus Plumbers about the comprehensive failure of the climate-control system at Harvard’s Otto Hall.  The building is being demolished only seventeen years after its completion, because the ultra-sophisticated humidity-management system was too space-age for its own good.    “Missed it by that much.”   As I wrote in […]

Dreamers versus plumbers

15 August, 2008 (08:24) | Architecture, Configuration, Engineering, Humor, Maintenance |

“Imagine, one day we’ll write blog posts on devices like this” “What’s a blog, honey?”   Long ago (1977), when I was just beginning to learn the business, our company was doing a repositioning and workout of a troubled affordable property in North Cambridge (as it happened, less than half a mile from my grotty […]