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Old January 9th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #1201
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Old January 9th, 2012, 12:21 PM   #1202
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Old January 9th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #1203
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Boston has a very good skyline with lots of density, but it's big failing is the fact that (IMO) it's Tallest buildings (John Hancock and Prudential) are ugly.
True about Prudential. It's like MetLife's ugly twin sister . John Hancock however, looks pretty good in person. The cladding is amazing
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Old January 9th, 2012, 06:26 PM   #1204
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Lovely Chicago pic.

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Old January 9th, 2012, 08:43 PM   #1205
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A smaller skyline that has that linear form I like, but a bit sparse for my liking:

Atlanta

The tallest building with the gold triangle on top, the Bank of America Plaza, is the tallest building in the country (and Western hemisphere) outside of New York and Chicago. The BOA Plaza is in the right background in the first picture and on the left in the third; it is located about a mile north of the main downtown core.

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This is Buckhead, located a couple miles north of the central skyline
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However, Atlanta is an example of too linear a skyline: the line of towers goes on intermittently for about four miles (seven kilometers) north to south, from Buckhead to the state capitol, but is never more than about ten blocks across downtown, and is usually only four or less city blocks east to west.

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Old January 9th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #1206
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Old January 10th, 2012, 04:35 AM   #1207
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Old January 10th, 2012, 05:39 AM   #1208
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Boston has a very good skyline with lots of density, but it's big failing is the fact that (IMO) it's Tallest buildings (John Hancock and Prudential) are ugly.
I understand your take on the Pru. Many people don't like it, although it has grown on me and has a really nice night presence with its new lighting. However, I can't for the life of me understand how you could call this building (our city's tallest) ugly.





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That tower was revolutionary when it was built in 1972. It's unique rhomboid shape and mirrored surface helped propel Pei, Cobb & Freed to the top ranks of architects and spawned a slew of Late Modernist imitators (many in Dallas and Houston). I think it's gorgeous but it does have an awkward setting in the skyline that detracts from the kind of urbanistic interplay that most towers its height have in other cities. The architects understood this and attempted a 'vanishing curtainwall' effect but in the wrong light, it's proportions loom over Copley Square.

The Prudential Tower is an iconic midcentury gem that should never be altered in any way. When it was built, it was one of very few towers that tall built outside New York after WW2.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #1211
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That tower was revolutionary when it was built in 1972. It's unique rhomboid shape and mirrored surface helped propel Pei, Cobb & Freed to the top ranks of architects and spawned a slew of Late Modernist imitators (many in Dallas and Houston). I think it's gorgeous but it does have an awkward setting in the skyline that detracts from the kind of urbanistic interplay that most towers its height have in other cities. The architects understood this and attempted a 'vanishing curtainwall' effect but in the wrong light, it's proportions loom over Copley Square.

The Prudential Tower is an iconic midcentury gem that should never be altered in any way. When it was built, it was one of very few towers that tall built outside New York after WW2.
The JHT was technically completed in 1976. For the most part it acts as a giant mirror, either reflecting the older buildings around it or blending into the sky. Also, when you are in Copley Square, the tower is presenting its thin side. (see 1st pic, taken from Copley Square next to Trinity Church)

I agree about the Pru, unique and iconic. When built in 1964, it was actually the tallest building in North America outside of NYC (passing Terminal Tower in Cleveland) and I think the second tallest in the world outside NYC, behind Moscow University (which only beat it by having a huge spire).
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Old January 10th, 2012, 03:29 PM   #1212
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i love the pics
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It's my first time to see this.. It seems like that avenue divided the skyline into two
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SF: small, but very very nice.
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Philadelphia is really stunning!
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Old January 11th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #1217
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NIMBYs run the place. Try building anything tall north of Market St. (that 'dividing line')
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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #1218
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And here I thought that NY was the NIMBY's home.


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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #1219
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I can't believe it but there's some big news about enforcing a new lighting scheme for Downtown. Just a few days ago I criticized Lower Manhattan for being to dark...

http://www.nycedc.com/ProjectsOpport...ity253_PC.aspx

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking proposals for the development and implementation of a placemaking through lighting initiative that will transform the experience of Lower Manhattan at night. This initiative should increase Lower Manhattan’s exposure, expand its appeal and spur more diverse business activity by creating a strong neighborhood identifier. The selected team will be responsible for executing an innovative project that will become a landmark for the neighborhood, visible to viewers from both near and far.

This project should occur on a regular basis (i.e., weekly, monthly) and be able to be implemented by the end of 2012, and ideally have a guaranteed life span of at least three years. The lighting project may include, and is not limited to, projection-mapping including 3D effects, interactive elements and opportunities for interaction, up/downlighting and pedestrian or kinetic motion-activated lighting.

The successful respondent will design and execute the initiative, including: the overall lighting and placemaking concept, lighting design, related programming, obtaining approvals, marketing and branding, as well as securing funding and sponsorship opportunities, and implementing and maintaining the initiative for the entire duration proposed.

NYCEDC plans to select a consultant on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP, and the proposed fee.
Sounds like a lightshow for New York! Yeah!
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Actually there is much diversity and quality of skylines throughout North America, but these are best for me:
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