Tomorrow is Hike Number One in preparation for a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Together, we're going to fight cancers of the blood. Please watch the coming posts and help me and the entire 
Snowfall obscured the tops of buildings in New York City yesterday, November 7. A nor'easter dropped about 3 inches of slush

I'm sick of Sandy. I'm overwhelmed with media reports and concerned emails and even the people at the Internet cafe, where I'm writing this, who are talking of nothing else.
What one realizes when in the teeth of the storm is how dependent we are--on power, on our computers, on the Internet. We seem to have lost the art of taking care of ourselves without the whizz and whirr of technology. 
"NYC made history this week by releasing a huge dataset of actual building performance—including some blank spots for buildings that didn't comply with the law." So begins an article on
This is fascinating and important news. In essence, more than 2,000 privately owned large buildings conducted energy benchmarking research. This, conjoined with similar research on about 3,500 municipal buildings, gives a revealing snapshot of where and how energy is used here. It's a good read (if you're into energy and buildings).
Michael Graves recently had an article in The New York Times entitled Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing. This intriguing piece tells us a couple things most of us already know: that drawing is something of a lost art; that drawing is a method of communication; and that drawing brings a mind/body connection that is missing when art is made on the computer.
Graves also points out that the word "digit" means fingers and is the root of the word digital. Somewhere between these words, the practice of architecture was irrevocably altered.
We don't eat Pizza Hut pizza here in NYC. But this is a great little graphic.
Join Joe Lstiburek and John Straube for two very educational and in-depth building science lectures.
Day 1- Materials- What works and what doesn't , by Dr. John Straube

Day 2- Air Tightness, Compartmentalization and Ventilation, by Dr. Joseph Lstiburek

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Looking at this photo is almost painful. How can anyone do such a bad job? Weren't the owners furious? What happened? (Well I have a pretty good idea, but won't go on about it.)

My latest column for the Three Tomatoes involved an exploration of NYC office building lobbies. My very favorite is the French Building lobby, 45th and Fifth. It is a jewel box filled with sapphire blues and golds.