Not many work days can bring me back to my childhood, except this special day sent chills down my back. Saturday nights growing up consisted of trying to sneak behind my parents back to watch ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’, and one very memorable episode haunts me to this day. ’The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float.’ Who knew 20+ years later a site survey visit could bring back such amazing yet horrifying memories.
— by Nick Pepe
After last week’s tragic fire at Notre Dame, the conversation quickly turned to questions about restoring the famous cathedral. As a prominent member of the historic preservation community and CTA’s preservation specialist, our very own Daniel Allen was asked to weigh in on this important conversation, and we have collected his interviews here.
From New York One:
And Inside Edition:
An interview on KNX InDepth (the segment begins at the 26:50 mark):
And another with KCBS in San Francisco:
One of the best-known works of architecture in New York City is Grand Central Terminal. Most New Yorkers and many tourists have marveled at it more than once, but did you know it left a mark on the Bronx as well? More specifically in Van Cortlandt Park!
When deciding what materials to use, much thought was given to what would stand the test of time and weather. Nineteen stone samples were placed in Van Cortlandt Park in 1905 to test how well the different materials would hold up to the elements.
The stones are located off one of the back paths in the park, and are being slowly reclaimed by nature.
-by Monica Barraclough
Ever wonder why there is a small notch in the Herald Square Macy’s building? When Macy’s announced their plans to build the worlds largest store in the early 1900s, the small corner building was snapped up for an astronomical sum of money. Referred to as the “Million Dollar Corner”, the purchaser was suspected to have been working on behalf of a rival department store company, who at the time had the world’s largest store. Macy’s shrugged it off and proceeded to build around the little building, hence the notch you see today.
-by Katie Ipcar
Day at Roosevelt Island NYC.
-by Matthew Jenkins
Sometimes beauty hides in the most unrecognizable places: like in an underground station, where hundreds of people speed walk at rush hour every day, barely even making eye-contact.
The new design of the walls at the 28th Street 6 subway station brought a breath of fresh air and elegance to the usually smelly and dirty subway commute. I stumbled upon this gem a couple of weeks after its re-opening, and instantly understood what the artist was trying to transmit. With just a quick glimpse at the flowers, my mind went from thinking about the freezing temperatures and the rush of the city, to a warm and quiet respite. Needless to say, it did not last long, as I was soon on one of the loud and fluorescent lit subway cars, heading to site to get on with my day.
It is incredible that in the middle of an immense city made of concrete and steel, a cold and solid mosaic tile can transport us to a warm and fresh space. Sometimes you only need your eyes and your imagination to feel like you are in a different place.
-by Laura Blanco-Moreno
Project Name: “Architectus Luden” (Latin for “Architect at Play”)
Project Address: Somewhere in Catskills, NY
Category: Design, New Build, Sustainable, Temporary Housing
Owner Name: Howard Yoon
Project Reference: The crew who purchased Asaf’s Pitcher at the Spring of Hope Silent Auction 2017
Unique Technique & Methods: Sheer will power and determination
Estimated Budget: $40.00
Actual Budget: $31.90
Project Start Date: October 28, 2014
Design Contract Completion Date: December 31, 2014
Design Actual Completion Date: February 11, 2015
Construction Contract Completion Date: February 15, 2015
Construction Actual Completion Date: February 14, 2015
Duration of Construction: One (1) Calendar Day
MWBE Utilization Goals:
Achieved: Technically 0% due to failure to provide MWBE Certificate
Sub-Consultant Utilization Percentage: 0%
I was inspired by a book I picked up at a coffee shop. “Mapping Manhattan, a Love (and sometimes hate) Story in Maps” written by Becky Cooper. This particular afternoon I sat with co-workers as we awaited on an engineer to arrive on site, and I stopped to think how well this book told the individual stories of how people really experience, feel, and describe the NYC streets and buildings. Each map painted a story of humanity, and a story of memories, filling the blank canvas that is the island of Manhattan.
I wondered what a CTA story would look like in this book. Visits to so many buildings, meeting so many different professionals, consultants, tenants and city agencies. Our experiences could really fill this whole book. We would tell a story of how an architect interacts with NY and how those interactions translate into physical marks upon the cityscape.
Would love to see that map.
-by Jacline Vargas
One advantage of masonry walls is they are bird-friendly compared with many glass curtain walls.
One advantage of pitching copings away from the street is they are people-friendly compared with most other copings.
-by Jesse Pringle