Tuesday, July 28, 2009

scaffold a day: rooftop

Here, scaffolding is being used to either protect a large skylight or to provide access to that skylight for maintenance. Rental costs for scaffolding are not outrageously expensive, but neither are they cheap. In an earlier interview with the founder and president of Avontus Software, Brian Webb mentioned that a relatively large portion of the maintenance budget for oil refineries (one of his main clients) is spent on scaffolding - to access portions of the refinery that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

repurposed infrastructures

Opportunism, plain and simple. A former railway and a means of egress...
Some guys in the meatpacking district had the vision and perseverance to shepherd the redevelopment of a derelict viaduct into one of the most beautiful and dynamic places in all of New York City. At the end of the High Line Park, a longtime resident of Chelsea has turned her fire escape into a stage; instead of retreating from the masses, the Renegade Cabaret was born. Now you can watch one from the other.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


This is an image from 'Reef,' an exhibition/installation at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

scaffold a day: chelsea north

24th Street between 7th and 8th.

scaffold a day: soho III

Mercer Street near Prince.

scaffold a day: soho II

Mercer Street near Spring.

scaffold a day: soho

Lafayette just south of the Puck Building.

scaffold a day: men at work

78th Street in JH

scaffold a day: UES

Another mast-climber. This one is located at 86th and Park.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

scaffold a day: columbus circle II

57th & 9th

scaffold a day: columbus circle

This renovation is utilizing mast climbers instead of supported scaffold. If you look closely you can see the masts on the right side of the image. The platform is hidden, sitting on the lowest level on top of the sidewalk bridge.

scaffold a day: midtown

57th near 7th

scaffold a day: Jackson Heights by night

This sidewalk bridge was in the process of being installed and the required sidewalk lighting had not yet been installed. It made for some dramatic shadows. The lighting was installed the next day.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

scaffold a day: midtown east

Looking slightly northwest from 47th and 2nd Ave.

The green in the middle-ground is supported scaffold with a protective mesh.

scaffold a day: flatiron district-ish

28th & Broadway