Subway crisis in the making

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Increasing passenger volumes + reduced investment and maintenance = declining performance. This equation and what it means for riders on NY subway in a NYT article really worth reading.

 

Door without draft of air

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Read this article on how Theophilus Van Kannel was awarded US Patent #387571 A for the revolving door (a “Storm-door structure”) and how some researchers have found out that people don’t like to use it. Via 99percentinvisible.org

There is a lot to read about the revolving door. However, I have found not much on what’s happening when people go through them. Further reading:

James Buzard on Perpetual Revolution

Reyner Banham on The Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment (pp.73-75)

Study on revolving door usage

Demolition of Moscow flats

4000Following an official decision, some 4000 apartment blocks, the so called Krushchevka flats, will be demolished. Scattered all over the city, the buildings are home to around two million people. The Guardian covers the story in an article and a great photo essay.

Guerilla Public Service

A short version of the story
Richard Ankrom is an artist and sign painter. One day he was driving north on the 110 freeway in LA. He missed the exit to the Interstate 5 North he wanted to take and got lost. He later understood that the I-5 exit was not indicated on the green overhead sign. In 2001 he crafted the I-5 North sign himself. With a group of friends he assembled the sign at the place where it supposed to be.

The nice part of the story
The company running the freeway found out about the sign from an article in a local newspaper. Ankrom had hoped he could get his sign back after they took it down; he wanted to hang it in an art gallery. However, the company didn’t take the sign down. The guerrilla sign had passed the inspection.

The full story and an update on the replacement of the sign with improvements in 2009.