March 2013

Talking History

by Don Friedman on March 30, 2013

I’ll be speaking at the Skyscraper Museum on May 15. The talk concerns the engineers and engineering developments of early skyscrapers that culminated in the construction of the Woolworth Building in 1913.

Historic Structural Detail 4

March 5, 2013

Because technical language changes at a different rate than technology, we sometimes use obsolete words to describe new things and we sometimes use new words to describe old (or oldish) things. Case in point: people started referring to “curtain walls” in the  1890s, when the non-structural walls in question were 12 (or more) inches of […]

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