ruminations about architecture and design

Friday, October 24, 2014

it lasts

I don't know who came up with the final design of this John Deere log skidder, but I suspect that they were trying to transcend function. The problem with it is that it was built too well. Many machinery form the 1960's is still in active service. Although there have been significant improvements in design, engineering, and concepts, the old stuff can keep going. Barring a catastrophic accident it's hard to put an end date on some pieces of equipment.

I have to go to work now. I'll be riding a subway train that is more than two decades old. Cutting edge. In better shape than my train station, actually.

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