Category: Structures

The ultimate hideaway

5 September, 2014 (10:00) | Ownership, Structures |

By: David A. Smith Somehow I doubt that this little adventure, reported in Popsci, is the solution envisioned by the Department of Homeland Security: The World’s First Everything-Proof Underground Luxury Community Survive the end of the world for just $5,000 down What lies beneath? Robert Vicino at the entrance to his Terra Vivos underground shelter […]

Scafflaws: Part 2, everybody knew the cameras were there

24 April, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Building, Cities, Construction, Development, Law, New York City, Safety, Structures, Supply, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   How safe, whose responsibility, and at what price?   Yesterday’s post,, based on an article from Crains New York (March 12, 2013),  explored a little-known but large cost of construction in New York properties – the judicial standard of absolute liability that has the effect […]

Scafflaws: Part 1, seven-figure settlements

23 April, 2013 (09:00) | Affordability, Building, Cities, Construction, Development, Law, New York City, Safety, Structures, Supply, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Lunch atop a skyscraper: workers on the Empire State Building construction (The photo was staged, but it’s still a killer image.)   Though goodness knows I shouldn’t be, I am constantly surprised by the shortsightedness of those who defend anachronistic laws that nevertheless benefit them, and even more surprised by the […]