residential institution

anonymous asked:

what is the life of an architect like?

There is no simple way to respond to this, and no way to summarize all the different things that all architects do. We basically spend our days resolving problems in creative and innovative ways. 

But the term “architect” is used to encompass many types of architects. Architects in larger firms tend to specialize in two ways (smaller firms tend to have architects that play more than one of these). First by role in a project/office. There are designers, planners, technical, managers, business developers, and others depending on the firm focus. Second by typology. There are residential, commercial, education, healthcare, institutional and many other types of architects.

Originally posted by jolobailomaxim


So I haven’t been answering a lot of asks and that’s kind of just because the amount of energy I have to do so has been very low because of how many really difficult things have been going on. However, one of my big problems is about to be solved! My girlfriend was committed to a residential mental health institution a little over a week ago, and I’ve been worried sick about her. But tomorrow she’s finally getting out. I’m so happy right now!! I realize this isn’t at all related to the blog, but it’s a big enough change in my life right now that I felt like I should tell you all about it since honestly y'all are the best.


Letchworth Village was a residential institution in New York that at its peak consisted of more than 130 buildings and over 4,000 inhabitants. While it was at first praised as a state-of-the-art institution, reports of abuse and maltreatment began to filter out. Irving Haberman took a set of photographs that exposed the true nature of the institution: It was severely overcrowded, the patients were often malnourished and sick, feces and other wastes littered the floors, and many patients were unclothed, unbathed, and altogether neglected. Patients were given medicine from the same spoon, and many who were fed by the staff ended up choking to death on what little food they received.

It wasn’t just the patients who suffered there; many staff members also reported being abused by co-workers, including accusations of rape.

Many patients are buried without names, and some believe they may still walk the halls: Those who have explored the abandoned and dilapidated buildings report a range of paranormal phenomena.

Walkable NYC

New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the country, and over half of the city’s households don’t have a car. But what does it mean to be a “walkable” city? Even in NYC, neighborhoods vary in how walkable they are, and a recent NYC Health report also reveals that the walkability of a neighborhood can affect the physical activity rates of local residents.

In 2011, NYC Health conducted the Physical Activity Transit (PAT) Survey to understand whether neighborhood design is linked to patterns of physical activity in local residents. The survey and report defined walkable neighborhoods as having high intersection density, high residential density, a mix of residential, commercial, recreational and institutional land uses, few retail stores set back behind parking lots, and good access to public transit.

The report used a “walkability index” to measure and score neighborhood walkability. The results ranked Manhattan as the most walkable borough, followed by Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

The report also showed that New Yorkers who live in very highly walkable neighborhoods are more likely to be physically active than those living in low walkability neighborhoods, averaging 100 more minutes of physical activity per week. This difference translates to 690 verses 1200 calories burned per work, a large enough difference to impact obesity rates.

Check out the full Neighborhood Walkability and Physical Activity in NYC report, and get more information from the NYC’s Active Design Guidelines and new Sidewalk Supplement.