In large cities, transformation is inevitable. Structures are built, repurposed, remodeled, and leveled regularly. However, some cities have a few structures that stand for decades. I believe the "secrets to longevity" can be whittled down to three components: 1) Quality design and construction; 2) Multiple "face lifts" and adjustments to meet client needs; 3) Location.
When someone mentions psychology, you think of Freud, right? I do, although I admit I may be a bit crazy! The living walls at Jasper, at the corner of 1st Street and Harrison, caught my attention many moons ago. You can see them here, adjacent to a gas station, which has recently been demolished for a
There is a big, new 40-story building going up at the corner of Mission and South Van Ness. It is currently referred to as 1500 Mission (Related California is the developer) and, while it hasn’t been named yet, I’m thinking that it might be called the Coke Building, to the chagrin of everyone except those
Pass any construction site, and I bet you see a big sign that says something about SAFETY. While 181 Fremont might be the safest building in the U.S. (more about that later), what has always fascinated me about the building is not what it is but how it got to be what it is. I’m
Your parents did everything they could to help you get into college. Bet you can’t wait to tell them the news that –wait for it –you’re going into construction. Construction? Seriously? Is that why you spent four (or more) years in college? Yup. It sounds crazy, but today, more and more of the best and the
Sharon Smith is a construction worker, but she seldom wears a hard hat or steps onto a construction site. Instead, Sharon, 24, consults to engineering, construction, and architectural firms in the area of sustainability. It’s one thing to put up buildings. It’s another thing altogether to make sure the buildings are built in the most
Gawande notes: that to combat complexity and the harm of expertise in the industry communication and checklists are a must.
Students planning their careers still need greater education and awareness about AEC career tracks. Here's how the LISA Movement can help.