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Hyperbolic Structure Case Study: Museo Soumaya

In my recent post The Ups and Downs of Hyberbolic Structures, I discussed modern day manifestations of Vladimir Shukhov’s hyperbolic structures. My determination was that despite a handful of negligible examples, no structure has been built that equals the structural genius, integrity, and simple aesthetic of Shukhov’s towers, especially his Moscow tower....
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The Ups and Downs of Hyberbolic Structures

The James Carpenter’s Sky-Reflector Net, erected 2013, within the dome of New York’s Fulton Street Transit Center,  has its hourglass hyperbolic shaped roots in the famous Moscow Shukhov Tower, erected in 1920. The 525 foot high Shukov Tower was originally conceived as a 350m (1,148’) radio tower tall enough to...
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Construction Estimates: 10 Most Common Mistakes

Error and omission insurance is commonplace for the design industry; however, not so for general contractors and construction managers’ estimate short-falls. Not infrequently, they are resigned to absorb, or “eat,” change orders. Nothing is more hotly contested than a change order, and many contractors will tell you that despite owners’...
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The Value of Analytical Construction Schedule Oversight

The term construction schedule oversight may be defined in somewhat paradoxical terms. It is important to distinguish the difference between standard perceptions. Here are the first two definitions offered by Merriam Webster’s on-line dictionary: over•sight: 1) a mistake made because someone forgets or fails to notice something; 2) the act...
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