Category: Utilities

Form forces function: Part 8, Who will bet real money on its future?

26 February, 2015 (09:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith After seven previous parts readers may no doubt wonder not only why architectural fans are so eager to see the Paul-Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center preserved by any means necessary, […]

Form forces function: Part 7, Who can be a hero?

25 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith With all the practical negatives facing Orange County Government Center, a reader might be forgiven for concluding that no one would want to preserve or renovate; yet there are some who want […]

Form forces function: Part 6, Who chose the concrete, anyway?

24 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities | No comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith By now we’ve determined that the Paul-Rudolph county office complex in Goshen, NY will not work as a public building; nor will it work as offices of any kind (lack of electricity, inability to […]

Form forces function: Part 5, Who says buildings have to work inside?

23 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities | No comments

[Continued from Friday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith By now, more than halfway through this protracted post, we have established that the building’s physical form – precast concrete and poured-in-place concrete – is both unyielding/ flexible and poorly configured for use as an office and […]

Form forces function: Part 4, Who sets the building-code rules?

20 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Renovation, US News, Utilities | No comments

 [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith In yesterday’s Part 3, we climbed onto the roofs of Paul-Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center, discovering that (at least according to the building’s owner and occupant) all 84 of them leak. Core sample from roof: insulation saturated with […]