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Old August 21st, 2015, 05:14 AM   #21
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Old August 21st, 2015, 06:23 AM   #23
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Old August 21st, 2015, 12:27 PM   #25
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Old August 24th, 2015, 04:47 AM   #27
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Old August 24th, 2015, 02:34 PM   #28
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It's sad that most of those new towers are extremely generic.
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Old August 25th, 2015, 04:42 AM   #29
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It's sad that most of those new towers are extremely generic.
They were built almost in the same time from late 1990s - 2000s. Most of the new towers are residential towers, that's why they have almost the same architectural style.


Yaletown at Dawn by nwdiver, on Flickr

Vancouver is a young city and still growing fast, so most buildings that were built in the same time frame have similar architectural style.

This is downtown Vancouver (same location with earlier pic) 120 years ago. Population: 13,709 people. It was basically a village


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Old August 25th, 2015, 08:12 PM   #31
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They were built almost in the same time from late 1990s - 2000s. Most of the new towers are residential towers, that's why they have almost the same architectural style.


Yaletown at Dawn by nwdiver, on Flickr
I know they are residential. The same kind of thing is happening for example in Miami and Asian cities. And it also looks awful.

NYC can keep class and nice designs, I can't see the reason why Vancouver couldn't.

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This is downtown Vancouver (same location with earlier pic) 120 years ago. Population: 13,709 people. It was basically a village

I'm sorry, but how is that excuse for generic designs?

It's not much different from Warsaw's commieblocks in city centre built in 70's:
http://arbiter.pl/files/g/2_3919_PrzechodniaDach1.jpg
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NYC can keep class and nice designs, I can't see the reason why Vancouver couldn't
Vancouver is a city of 600 thousand people. You shouldn't compare Vancouver to NYC, not in the same league. Vancouver is even smaller than Lodz or Warsaw in population

Toronto and Calgary are the big guys in Canada. They have the wealth and population to support expensive and well-designed towers.

As a young city of 600 thousand people, the strategy was to make downtown denser and lively first. When few vacant lots are available to build in downtown, then the city only issues permits to the developers to build buildings with good designs, as in the case with several under construction buildings and new proposals like the Trump Tower and Vancouver House.

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Old August 26th, 2015, 04:10 AM   #33
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I'm sorry, but cities borders in USA and Canada mean nothing. Metro area of Vancouver is 2,313,328 people, that is almost as much as Warsaw has and this number trully matters.

But, it doesn't really matter in this specific case. If you wanted to fill the lots, you could take for example Portland's strategy - dense, urban core with lower buildings and good, calm designs.
This: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4036/...3df04733_z.jpg looks totally uninviting and plain. This could be anywhere in Asia, or South America. "Even" Australia usually has more distinct residential architecture.
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Old August 26th, 2015, 05:58 AM   #34
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If you wanted to fill the lots, you could take for example Portland's strategy - dense, urban core with lower buildings and good, calm designs.
This: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4036/...3df04733_z.jpg looks totally uninviting and plain. This could be anywhere in Asia, or South America. "Even" Australia usually has more distinct residential architecture.
I agree that Portland is nice, I like Portland as well, but have you been to Portland and Vancouver? If you haven't, you should visit Portland and Vancouver or any city in person before giving any suggestion. Sometimes a small photograph doesn't do justice of the livability of a city at street level.

I saw pictures of some cities in this thread, and TBH, I don't think they look nice. However, I refrained to make comments based solely on the photographs because I've never been to those cities, and no city, including my city, is perfect.

Different cities took different paths on urban planning. Some cities prefer urban sprawl, some cities prefer low-rise dense core, some cities prefer high-rise dense core. It doesn't mean that one path is more superior to other paths. The city planners chose the most suitable urban planning to that city based on history, culture, demand, purchasing power, climate, etc.

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I agree that Portland is nice, I like Portland as well, but have you been to Portland and Vancouver? If you haven't, you should visit Portland and Vancouver or any city in person before giving any suggestion. Sometimes a small photograph doesn't do justice of the livability of a city at street level.
No, I haven't been to those cities. I would like to visit Portland. Vancouver? Maybe.

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I saw pictures of some cities in this thread, and TBH, I don't think they look nice. However, I refrained to make comments based solely on the photographs because I've never been to those cities, and no city, including my city, is perfect.
I'm not saying I don't like Vancouver. I'm talking strictly about this pack of residential towers, which I don't like at all. City as a whole is nice - beautifully placed, fine climate, green streets. And not destroyed by highways.

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Different cities took different paths on urban planning. Some cities prefer urban sprawl, some cities prefer low-rise dense core, some cities prefer high-rise dense core. It doesn't mean that one path is more superior to other paths. The city planners chose the most suitable urban planning to that city based on history, culture, demand, purchasing power, climate, etc.
It's like saying some cities prefer to have crime, and some don't based on history, culture, etc.
Urban planning is a tool, not preference

Vancouver's path is for sure better than let's say Atlanta's, but the execution in terms of architectural veriaty and some aspects of urban control wasn't that good, that's all I'm saying.
You think that looks good? https://www.google.pl/maps/@49.27841...7i13312!8i6656
If you put me there and told me to look only at those towers, I would say I'm somewhere in east Asia, China propably.
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I actually like Vancouver, its tempting. Those blocks looks fine and neat from a close angle. And the location, cityscape - marvellous. Would definetly like to visit, more than Toronto and any other canadian city
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Just kidding it actually has gotten nicer and there is more going on now than there has been for a long time it's just not high rises:

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