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  • The Seizure of Public Sidewalks for Private Gain Many people like sidewalk cafes, especially when they add a European charm to a streetscape.  The charm arises if there is attractive furniture or a row of flowers and planters that separates the café sitters from the pedestrians. Cercle Rouge and Odeon in Tribeca are examples of […]

  •   How is the Integrity of Historic Districts Maintained? Historic Districts are cultural assets.  Their integrity is a real problem.  “Architectural integrity is defined as “those qualities in a building and its site that give it meaning and value” (Morton and Hume, cited in Murtagh, 2005). It is very clear that from both preservation law […]

  •     The above image is of a house that Mies Van Der Rohe thought should be X’ed out or eliminated, from an 1923 Manifesto printed in “G” Magazine.  On the Silliness of the Phrase “An Architecture of our Time” Architects from Germany in the 1920’s got obsessed with a concept called zeitgeist. The idea […]

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    165 Duane (block 143/Lot 1) known as the Schepp Building, was designed by Stephen Decatur Hatch.  Schepp used it as an office, a warehouse, and for processing coconut fiber.  Schepp had a rags to riches life story, leaving behind a charitable foundation to help similar boys find their way up to entrepreneurship.  The building suffered […]

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