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Design  Architecture and other plans
T. Buckingham Thomas physics Oberlin WOBC Richwood Tom Thomas Chyron Infinit Pittsburgh
Since high school, for my own amusement I've drawn pencil sketches of plans, playing with the challenge of working out the geometry. Here are some examples, plus related articles.


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Main Line

The Pennsylvania Canal paralleled Pennsylvania rivers nearly two centuries ago.

Everybody Down!

A nearby "Bridge Street" must mark the location of a long-lost low bridge over the Pennsylvania Canal.

Saltsburg

From my present domicile it would have required 8½ hours by canal boat to reach this town on the Kiskiminetas.

Ban Horseless Carriages

Steam-powered stagecoaches cruised English roads in 1831 until opponents legislated against them.

Homes of the 1870s

Plain Italianate Victorian houses abound near my old Ohio home.

The Scharf

Local inventor drives newfangled car to Columbus looking for investors, finds none, gives up.  I get one of his stock certificates.

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1960

The Very Wide Screen

The Thomas family visits a Cinerama movie theater.

Construction Toys

I build models of buildings with bricks, logs, girders, etc.

Stadiums

Playing fields for football, track, etc., plus a downhill racer.

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1970

Broadcast Stuff

Fitting a TV studio into a low-ceilinged room.

The Arctangential Error Meter

When is an analog display like a fence?

Theatres

Auditoriums that will never be built.

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1980

Dwellings

More ideas, including spirals, mirror effects, and movable walls and floors that quickly convert bedrooms into extra living space.

Streets

Street plans for imaginary cities.

All News All the Time

If WOBC were all-news, how would I organize it?

The PC-8 Computer

Using BASIC to make a tiny computer useful for baseball and boxing telecasts.

The MENKY

The 1988 design for a one-handed computer keyboard.

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1990

Powers of 10 Museum

An imagined visit to a museum of models on widely different scales, from atoms to galaxies.

Colorblind Glasses

Could tinted lenses help colorblind people?  And what about the dogs?

2000

How I Watch Television, 2004

On my high-definition set, I can choose to display the picture from any of three smaller monitors.

Preferred Parking

Why must we dash across a busy "street" between mall stores and their parking spaces?

Telemeetings

A proposal for a standard studio layout for teleconferences.

How I Switch TV

Hooking up two simple audio/video switches to make a multipurpose routing switcher.

Silent Hybrids and Latent Reporters

How to fix cars and correspondents that don't sound off when we expect them to.

Decisions

Don't flip a coin; use this spreadsheet to perform quantitative analysis of the alternatives.

So Obvious

Why can't we use computers to shift gears and print out prescriptions?

Folded Planes

The architecture of a church in my neighborhood reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright.

2010

Courteous Circling

Traffic circles, or roundabouts, include an oval "racetrack" in downtown Rochester, PA.

Frankfurter Slide Show

Seeking a more practical hot dog bun.

Reconstructing Wright

In Buffalo, I visit Frank Lloyd Wright's late lamented Larkin Building and the Darwin Martin House.  Many pictures.

 


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