Re: [carfree_cities] Gables of Amsterdam
- Gutters are built on top of the walls. These slope towards
the back of the house, and downspouts lead the water down
the rear gable (sometimes I think also the front gable).
The pitch is slight but sufficient. I believe the water is
directed into the storm sewers. It's no problem, in any
case, and the houses abut each other without gaps.
>Hope this is the right place for this. Haven't relly investigated-- ### --
>housing building methods for block similar to what J.H. Crawford
>proposed but I've intended too, and here goes.... One of the
>questions I've had on my list is how do the Amsterdam gabled houses
>(i.e., the gable is at the front of the house creating valleys or
>near valleys between the houses. If the valley is real, that is the
>adjoining roofs actually meet, the water would not so much run out the
>back and front of the valley, but would overflow at those ends,
>because there is no gradient through the valley, as there IS at
>valleys formed from the conjunction of two perpendicular hip roofs.
>If the gables don't meet, the water off both roofs go right between
>the two houses. Seems like a lot of water, especially on the coast
>(heck past the real coast in Amsterdam), to be pooling between a foot
>or two wide strip of soil. What gives?
>A picture of the gables that I'm finding problematic in theory, but
>seems to work in practice (hey that's kinda screwy) are in the Carfee
>Cities book. A gabled roof that Lets the water run off the front and
>back of the houses, unlike Amsterdam, and which I'm not having this
>problem with can be seen at
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