Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Change Week-Up On The Roof

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The new townhouses on the block are designed with rooftop patios. It’s gratifying that the architect took advantage of the upper safety valve of a city site. The units look like nothing so much as the illustrations of life in biblical Jerusalem that decorated my youthful reading.

The mid-East plays a far larger role in daily Seattle life than I could ever have imagined, even as late as the Eighties. A flat roof is unnatural in this rainy climate, and a flat roof over an insulated ceiling seems like a recipe for trouble under a snow load. That said, those beguiling roofs are ripe for a traditional Damascus use: to dry laundry flat and quickly in the sun.

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