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Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

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https://www.foxnews.com/us/architect-killed-near-times-square-after-chunk-of-building-falls-to-the-ground

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

The irony on top of tragedy. I guess the building owners have been smart enough to stay away from the danger.

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Not sure if there is any irony, given that this architect didn't appear to have any connection with the building itself. It's a tragedy, regardless.

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RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Irony in the sense that an architect was killed by a failing building.
Long ago at my college, an 11-story building was periodically shucking bricks from up high, and that just happened to be the Architecture Building.

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

More than that - killed by what is usually referred to as an architectural detail - completely unnecessary for the primary function of the building.

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Details, details, details.

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA, HI)


RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

From Google street view, you can see that many gargoyle heads have already fallen, but some remained

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

This is why many cities have facade ordinances (http://facadeordinances.com/) that mandate that buildings undergo a review - especially for cornices and other projecting architectural features. NYC has one. The owner was cited previously and failed to act. An unfortunate death that could have been avoided.

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Obviously they were trying to knock some common sense into him, but failed.

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA, HI)


RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

The big picture is fine but the details will kill you.

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RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Yikes, what were these gargoyles attached with - crazy glue?

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

So, are you saying Architects are crazy?

bugeyed

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA, HI)


RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

And... this is somehow considered a Book Review?

Keith Cress
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RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Quote:

This is why many cities have facade ordinances (http://facadeordinances.com/) that mandate that buildings undergo a review - especially for cornices and other projecting architectural features. NYC has one.

I remember back in the 80s and 90s that falling masonry was a scarily regular occurrence in NYC, probably why they enacted these ordinances.

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

I went to visit some family in Manhattan just a few years ago and was terrified to see their neighbor had a window air conditioning unit with no supplemental support...on the 38th floor!

RE: Architect killed by falling debris from already cited building

Engineering News Record just had an article about this case, sounds like the city is beefing up their inspection.

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