The Tale of the Hidden Spire!
Skipped the CMU Architecture get-together this weekend at Public, to make up for it here's an entry about architecture.

The view outside the office windows are pretty phenomenal. I'm located in the corner of the 38th floor, one bank of windows has a fantastic view of the Chrysler Building (my favorite skyscraper in NYC), the other, a great view of the Empire State Building. The Chrysler Building once held the title as the world's tallest skyscraper, but only briefly as the Empire State Building took the crown a mere four months later. Back at CMU, I wrote a paper on the Chrysler Building and came across a neat fact in regards to the competition between the Chrysler Building and the Bank of the Manhattan Company building, which at the time were racing to claim the title of the world's tallest skyscraper. In a shrewd move, Chryler's builders pretended to finish construction and capped off the building with a flag to signify its completion. The spire was then built within the building and hoisted to it's final resting place, stealing the title from it's competition in a dramatic way.

For those of you who would like to read more about Architecture, check out these blogs: Archinect, Curbed and RE Design (covers other areas of industrial design as well).

Update: For you Mac fiends who happen to be architects, check out Architosh.