interview: THE EVOLUTION OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE

interview: THE EVOLUTION OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE

Roger C. Taylor knows boats.  Born and raised in Rhode Island in a maritime family, I imagine he could probably sail before he could walk.  Mr. Taylor would go on to become Editor-in-Chief of the Naval Institute Press, and eventually found International Marine Publishing with the goal of creating "good books about boats."  I had the opportunity to talk with Roger about the design of good boats.  Both the science and the art of good boats, and how that science and art is being handicapped by a strange set of scenarios.

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inspiration: GHOST TRAIN

inspiration: GHOST TRAIN

The transportation network is often referred to as the "bones" of a city.  It is easy to understand why; the streets form the underlying structure of a city, much like the bones form the underlying structure of the human body.  The term has another side to it though; referring to the permanence of the network, and the difficulty in changing those bones of the city.  When a route is laid on the earth, it is likely to remain through time and development.  You can see this process occurring throughout the world; from the many roads and city plans of the ancient Roman empire still in use today to the famous Broadway that cuts through Manhattan's grid, originally a Native American trade path through the island.

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quote: PAY ATTENTION IN HISTORY CLASS

"THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT."

- GEORGE SANTAYANA

The often overlooked importance of this famous quote is in not just remembering the 'what' and 'how' of the past.  Names, dates, and places can only teach you so much.  The most important thing history can teach us is the 'why' of the past.  It is only in understanding why our predecessors made certain mistakes, that we can hope to avoid them in the future.

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