Archive for January, 2011


January 30, 2011

* Financial adviser Gary Shilling suggests building and buying out-patient clinic buildings, because the new health care law will increase demand for space.

* Jim Rogers, known for his bare-knuckled wit and thus the favorite client of one of my mentors, architect Julian Neski, says the “intimate” nature of the Chinese PM’s dinner with President Obama suggests we now accept their ascendancy as an economic superpower. Rogers predicts crude oil will see $200./bbl sooner rather than later, because of lack of new large finds.

* Public Service Enterprise Group and the Sierra Club agree; both dislike NJ’s new electricity generation law.

* Compressed Air Energy Storage, a technology developed for data center emergency power applications, has migrated into the utility realm via a new unregulated business at PSEG.

* EIA will post a new web site on Monday. The global navigation will allow users to navigate more easily from any portion of the site to any other.

* Earth Networks and Scripps Oceanographic Institute launch a program to study worldwide GHG emissions.

* Lawrence Livermore Lab estimates that in 2009 the US burned or combusted 94.5 quadrillion BTU, of which 40 Q BTU generated productive energy and 54.5 Q BTU was given off as waste heat.

Rendering Salvador Behar Architects

Preserving New York City

January 22, 2011

We live in an era where the very existence of urban structures can be called into question. Take New York. It is a city founded by Dutch merchants intent on commerce, physical trading of commodities at the juncture of a fjord and an ocean. From these beginnings, cultural institutions were built and great buildings were constructed. When you became rich, you wanted a nice place to live, so you built it.

Forward to 2011. The trading is virtual. Ameritrade makes every citizen his own agent. Cattle no longer roam downtown streets, and the trading houses move to Jersey City.

Why do we need to be here? Rents are lower almost anyplace you can think of. Power and trash disposal are cheaper elsewhere too. You can build yourself a home cinema to run first-run pictures. Why be in New York?

So we depend on government to care for the cultural institutions, the places that make New York what it is. Shame on us. We, private enterprise,  should take care of our own. It is self-serving to do so. What would the new, beautiful Goldman Sachs headquarters be worth as real estate if no one needed to be in New York, for culture. New York is its cultural institutions: the Met, MOMA, the Botanical Garden, all those great places.

Give until it hurts, of your time and of your cash. Support your local palaces, palaces of the people.

Central Savings Bank, NYC Interiors Landmark, Interiors Master Plan: Salvador Behar Architects


January 14, 2011

We have just started working on the renovation of a small baseball stadium, as a result of which I have been both visiting venues (the spectacularly light Honda Center in California) and looking at pictures of old stadiums, as you see here.

These are scans from Kodachrome slides that my son made while archiving the work of New York City painter Andy Jurinko, my friend and sometime collaborator (“Frozen Ropes”, Broadway at 74).

See if you can name the nine structures without peeking at the rollovers.

Two still exist.

The bottom structure, capacity 92,000, is a mile from our undergraduate studio, close enough that on autumn Saturdays you could hear the sellout crowd screaming while you drew.

Andy Jurinko 1939-2011


January 12, 2011

‘ And I explain each time that I think white is the most wonderful color of all, because within it one can find every color of the rainbow.”

— Richard Meier.

Northwest facade of courtyard house in Westchester County,

Salvador Behar Architects



January 7, 2011

After a couple of weeks of R & R out west, we’re back to work.

New: our Commercial – Industrial Program, in partnership with Con Edison and Lockheed Martin. This inclusive electricity and natural gas initiative addresses existing buildings and provides customers an alternative to NYSERDA energy efficiency programs. ASHRAE standard ECM payback analysis is 50/50 cost-shared. Contact for PDF.

“Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets, But gold that’s put to use more gold begets.” ~William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis, 1593