The dark side of the Building Code

Every building code is designed to keep people safe and improve their lives, but often the code imposes a negative impact on the potential quality of a place.

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Top 5 Reasons I (reluctantly) Hired An Architect…

1) “I was told by the city I have to submit plans to get a work permit before my construction can start. What a hassle.  My cousin drew up a sketch, why can’t we use that?”

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[architecture] Finished Manhattan rental apt now occupied.

[architecture] Finished Manhattan rental apt now occupied.

It was a rough renovation of a dilapidated unplanned studio apartment, into a narrow but legal one bedroom rental apartment. This gut renovation had its twists and turns, but perseverance prevailed to complete this makeover, creating a warm and cozy one bedroom, one bath, full kitchen apartment.

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[urban design] Is Brooklyn dead? Creating better cities.

[urban design] Is Brooklyn dead? Creating better cities.

Brooklyn, a ‘city’ onto itself. But has it really matured the way one would hope? For every decision that is made in the building of a city, those who inhabit that city can enjoy or endure the results.  Let us take a quick compare and contrast of Brooklyn in relationship to Boston’s South End.

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911 rebuttal to all the ‘made-up’ theories…

It’s that time of year again as I’m reminded by the twin lights which were turned on tonight, Friday, September 4, 2009… I kind of wish they’d stop turning them on, not that I could forget, it’s just that  I don’t need an in the face reminder to remember… Read more