The Secret History Of Park Avenue’s ‘Gothic’ Grande Dame (And Its $16 Million Penthouse Project)
An architectural treasure, 1185 Park Avenue (considered by many the Upper East Side’s most distinguished address) is attracting more attention that usual. Financial tycoons and CEOs revere this über secure uptown location, the last surviving grand courtyard building on Park Avenue. So perhaps it’s karma that a rare penthouse here hit the market a day after the stock market soared 1%. The extra cash may come in handy—this is a fixer-upper. Read more >
Another one for muspeccoll ‘s Beautiful Math series! This book, The Modern Geometrical Stair-Builder’s Guide, written by Simon de Graff in 1845, is on the absolutely riveting topic of the construction of stairs.
No, that’s not sarcasm you detect! Although stairs and staircases have existed since prehistoric times, the practice of the construction of stairs was actually not mathematically standardized until the 19th century- before then, many staircases were built just hoping for the best. This caused many stairs to have a variation in measurements from step to step, increasing the possibility of a fall. Stairs may be seen as a relatively simple thing, but look at all the calculations that go into building good ones!
Are you familiar with Oscar Niemeyer's work? If so, what are your thoughts on it?
Any architect not familiar with Niemeyer’s work is missing on one of Modernism’s singular minds. He created buildings most concerned with form that function on a scale rarely seen, an architecture of powerful exterior forms that seem surreal in their context. There is no denying that his work is impressive and that it inspired some of today’s architects like Zaha and Calatrava but (UNPOPULAR OPINION HERE) almost inhuman in the way it treated most of the interior spaces and the public spaces created by its buildings.