Fixer Upper

In the span of 15 years, on a thriving Brooklyn block, no one has claimed this building and made it a home. Every dwelling around it has been gutted and renovated, but not this one. This building has stayed in a constant state of distress. There has been a scaffolding or 2 over the years, but they just teased the place. Nothing was ever done to make it livable. Nothing was ever done to make it a home.

I often wonder what it will look like once it's renovated and given people to keep safe and warm inside. I hope I see that day in the near future. Don't you?


by Bridget Handler


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
–Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Very often in New York City we are called upon to design ‘castles in the air’ in the form of additions atop already existing, usually masonry, structures and then, quite literally, design and build foundations under them to support the new additions.

View of the interior at 320 West 115th Street in New York City showing the recently removed wood stairs and a new steel beam installed above to support the new addition brought to you by Shukri Sindi.



In conjunction with the spring season, the CTA office is about to undergo its own changes. We are currently preparing to renovate our office, expanding to encompass the entire 8th floor here at our 151 West 26th street home.

During a renovation, you are able sift through the palimpsest of a space, uncovering the hidden layers of the past. While old wood stains and mouldings can be intriguing, discovering a previously unknown element is the most exciting. After removing the wall to a closet, we recently revealed a previously unknown window. It will be a nice addition to our new employee lounge.

Images from an imminent renovation brought to you by Jake Lee.