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Old September 7th, 2006, 07:36 AM   #121
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Originally Posted by Taller, Better

ever try driving past it in the summer. asian tourists dont look out for cars in the street when they try to snap a pic of it. Its anoying as ****. so thats prolly why i think its overrated

I was doing that when I drove through hollywood blvd like two weeks ago with my sister.

I'm Mexican though.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 06:45 PM   #122
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Man not much love for Sears or WTC here.

Do you realize how stupid that sounds? Most overrated future building that hasn't been built yet but hey it's gonna suck no matter what so let's dub it overrated.
It's just my opinion. It may look better when it's built but for now it looks like a giant screw.
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I think Los Arcos de Bosques in Mexico City is also overrated. The hole in the middle is impressive, but the building is too plain.
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Old September 11th, 2006, 09:31 PM   #124
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North America--Transamerica Pyramid San Fransisco
Europe--LBT (London Bridge Tower) London
Middle East--Al Burj Tower
Asia--Bank of China Building Hong Kong

Those are the ones I can think of now that I'm not too fond of.
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Old September 11th, 2006, 10:44 PM   #125
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For the sake of this discussion I will go with the WTC. I actually really like the building and its architect, Yamasaki, but the design has been glorified big time after September 11. I disagree with people who say its boring and just a box. Yamasaki payed great attention to detail and if you were to see a picture of the building up close you could begin to appreciate the design a bit more.

This is an interest debate though. To me an overrated building is one that has been done before but is recieving a lot of accolades. Kind of like every new Gehry building. Bilbao deserves the recognition, but a lot of people act as if every new Gehry design is fantastic and "new".

Thats why I can appreciate buildings like Sear's and Seagrams as well as the Tribune Tower and ESB. Seagrams itself is a fantastic building. It was groundbreaking and the materials used were of high quality. What I dont like is what it spawned, which is cheap knock-offs which are simply glass boxes where cheap materials are used and there isnt any attention to detail.

Sear's is more than just a tall black box as some describe it. Its construction was very innovative, "bundled tube", and is what allows it to be so tall. Throw in the set-backs at different levels and its a very well designed building. Sears is a great example of how engineering should be appreciated just as much as the design. Hancock falls under this as well.

I think some of you see ESB as being overrated simply because of how popular it is. It may not be as pleasing to the eye as Chrysler, which I happen to like a lot more, but it is still a great example of Art Deco and its a testament to the architect and engineers that after so many years it still remains one of the world's tallest and most recognizable buildings.

I did find it humorous though that someone pointed out that WTC is a piece of art, which I agree, and then mentioned the Tribune Tower as being overrated. TT is an amazing building and probably the best Gothic skyscraper in existence.
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