Category: Leaks

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 […]

Only when it rains: Part 2, pricey torts

24 November, 2009 (11:03) | Construction, Leaks, New York City, Water and sanitation |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   “Do I have litigation exposure?” “Only if you’re sued.”   Yesterday, according to the New York Times, it was raining water leaks.  Today it’s raining torts:   When a building is clearly out of compliance, talk quickly turns to lawsuits.   In spring, a […]

Only when it rains: Part 1, leaky roofs

23 November, 2009 (12:13) | Construction, Leaks, New York City, Water |

By: David A. Smith   “Does the roof leak?” “Only when it rains.”   “Honey, the weather forecast says rain”   As water is housing’s greatest enemy – outranking fire, children, and pets in that order – the most essential structural element in a house is does it keep the water out?  If it doesn’t, […]