Category: Liability

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 […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 3, the community network’s success

19 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, Torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   After two days of posting demonstrating the utter failure of NYCHA’s command-and-control ass-and-elbows approach to crisis management, reported by the New York Times (December 10, 2012), there is a bright story about community networks, self-organized and almost spontaneously evolving, as […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 2, the City of New York’s failures

18 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Ten days after superstorm Sandy, as we saw in yesterday’s post, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was claiming, as reported in this exhaustive New York Times (December 10, 2012) chronicle, that all of NYCHA’s public housing properties would have power within a few days:   […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 1, NYCHA’s failures

17 December, 2012 (18:15) | Bloomberg, Community networks, Disaster response, Disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, Torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Before the Federal government bestows untold billions on New York City for its recovery from Sandy, should it not ask if New York City is deserving of such bounty?    Volunteers deliver food and inquire about specific needs among residents of the Red Hook Houses on November 16, nearly three weeks […]