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The none-structural storm damage: ceiling failure due to water ingress into roof cavity.

Building codes not enough to protect homes against water damage in severe storms

Water moves into Australian homes during severe tropical storms like Cyclone Debbie. But no definitive housing codes, standards or guidelines exist to stem the flow of unwanted storm water.
The new One World Trade Center building, made with high-performance concrete. John D. Morris

How building design changed after 9/11

Tragedies involving building collapses prompt structural engineers to figure out what happened, and how to prevent it from recurring.
A housing complex in Thailand with air conditioners. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

The global impact of air conditioning: big and getting bigger

Global temperatures are poised for another record-breaking year. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, the use of air conditioning is poised to increase dramatically.
The cracks are starting to show. Dean McCartney

The problem with reinforced concrete

Reinforced concrete is everywhere. But unlike plain concrete, which can last for centuries, reinforced concrete can deteriorate in decades as the reinforcing bars succumb to rust.
The freedom of the space outside can be a seductive distraction. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why the million-dollar view is bad for our body and our soul

Had the Romans, Chinese and English of old seen our buildings, built around views that distract from the interior and our interior lives, they would not have been surprised by modern discontent.
The initials ‘ES’ on the parapets are those of Elizabeth Talbot, who built Hardwick Hall. adteasdale

Five incredible old English homes built by women

Women played a far greater role in designing, commissioning and building country houses, gardens and parklands than was once imagined.
Different inside and out. BBC/Company Productions Ltd

Wolf Hall cut and pastes architecture – so is it authentic?

It is 1529. Cardinal Wolsey leaves his palace at York Place, giving way to the triumphant Anne Boleyn, who holds court in the long gallery. But this York Place is not the princely residence of the Archbishops…
City planners are looking to redevelop the eastern part of midtown Manhattan. How can they preserve its character, economic importance, and functionality? Wikimedia Commons

Hong Kong on the Hudson?

Good historians know that history rarely teaches clear lessons. When it does, we should heed them. In the 1920s, urban visionaries completely refashioned midtown Manhattan, making it the most modern and…

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