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Old February 21st, 2014, 08:35 PM   #4201
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Old February 21st, 2014, 11:04 PM   #4202
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It's still better than 432 Park.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 02:28 AM   #4203
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 04:35 AM   #4204
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The last few building announcements posted here provide a pertinent answer to the question posed by a baffled New York Times author:

Why doesn't San Francisco like starchitecture?

Seriously, New York, those are awful. And you'll be stuck with them. Maybe this will finally make people see that there needs to be a change in philosophy in NYC. Terrible buildings are the inevitable result of a starchitecture-obsessed market.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 07:51 AM   #4205
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The last few building announcements posted here provide a pertinent answer to the question posed by a baffled New York Times author:

Why doesn't San Francisco like starchitecture?

Seriously, New York, those are awful. And you'll be stuck with them. Maybe this will finally make people see that there needs to be a change in philosophy in NYC. Terrible buildings are the inevitable result of a starchitecture-obsessed market.
Those buildings on the previous page don't have a "starchitect's" name attached to them so this reasoning doesn't apply there.
In fact it might just be the opposite, if you look at the big names in architecture, they've done some pretty good work in the city, Nouvel, Calatrava, Ghery, Shop, Foster, BIG, Herzog....you name it.
Now if your premise is that there's an obsession with designing buildings that are a little over the top, I'm with you there, those Lady Gaga type of buildings are getting old and in recent cases plain ugly; maybe it's time to go back to the basics. Other than that I don't mind a brand name skyline.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 09:02 PM   #4206
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Those buildings on the previous page don't have a "starchitect's" name attached to them so this reasoning doesn't apply there.
In fact it might just be the opposite, if you look at the big names in architecture, they've done some pretty good work in the city, Nouvel, Calatrava, Ghery, Shop, Foster, BIG, Herzog....you name it.
Now if your premise is that there's an obsession with designing buildings that are a little over the top, I'm with you there, those Lady Gaga type of buildings are getting old and in recent cases plain ugly; maybe it's time to go back to the basics. Other than that I don't mind a brand name skyline.
Most starchitects (exception maybe Gehry) do not seem to design over the top buildings. And, yes, I agree with you. There is a reason why some architects are big and that reason has to do with their ability to bring really good projects to life.
As for SF, I got the same impression as in Boston. Both are very rich and developed, but also provincial, resistant to change, and stubborn in their relationship with the urban environment.
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Old February 25th, 2014, 12:16 AM   #4207
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A First Look At Silverstein's Glassy Twin Towers For Midtown



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Creative agency VisualHouse has let slip some new renderings for the pair of towers that are set to rise at 514 Eleventh Avenue, courtesy of developer Silverstein Properties. The lot, currently a Mercedes dealership, is situated between just north of the rising Hudson Yards megaproject. NY YIMBY's Nikolai Fedak, who first spotted the posted renderings, says Silverstein's twin 60-plus-story towers will bring many much-needed residences to the area. In addition to the approximately 1,000 apartments—the development is slated to bring more than 180,000 leasable square feet of commercial space (warning: PDF!) to this largely pedestrian-unfriendly pocket of the far West Side that has long been commandeered by access roads for the Lincoln Tunnel.


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Old February 25th, 2014, 07:19 PM   #4208
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Seriously, New York, those are awful. And you'll be stuck with them. Maybe this will finally make people see that there needs to be a change in philosophy in NYC. Terrible buildings are the inevitable result of a starchitecture-obsessed market.
You might be interested to take a look at my NYC thread:

New York sacrificing its heritage and unique flair - an affront to its grand historical cityscape?


I love the city, but it keeps ruining itself. Since ~60 years now.

They should re-introduce their Zoning Law, it provided the world's most beautiful skyscraper designs ever witnessed.
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Old February 25th, 2014, 09:44 PM   #4209
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Brooklyn's 33 Caton Place Revealed



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After years of being shrouded in mystery, residential development 23 Caton Place emerged from the shadows last week, changing its official address to 33 Caton Place, naming itself The Kestrel, and revealing various details about the owner (Sam Boymelgreen, son of Shaya Boymelgreen), number and type of units (126 rentals), and opening date (April). Now, to complete the picture, a rendering of the building has been spotted by Brownstoner on architects DJ Associates' website.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 09:10 PM   #4210
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Aby Rosen Finds Developer For 610 Lexington Avenue



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610 Lexington Avenue has been a sad vacant lot for many years now, and developer Aby Rosen has been trying to build a luxury tower there since around 2007. Now it looks as though he may finally get his wish, as his company RFR Realty has teamed with developer Hines—the company behind such projects as Jean Nouvel's Tower Verre, One Jackson Square, and many others—and China's largest residential builder, Vanke, the Post reports. The 711-foot-tall, 91-unit tower, which will feature some massive apartments, is expected to open in 2017 and launch sales in 2015. According to building permits pored over by NY YIMBY, there will be commercial space on the ground floor, a restaurant on the second floor, and office space on the third floor. Everything above that (60 more floors) will be residential. There will also be a ninth-floor swimming pool, according to the Post.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #4211
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Old February 28th, 2014, 09:05 PM   #4212
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A First Look Inside Norman Foster's New West Chelsea Condoshttp://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...sea_condos.php













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Old March 1st, 2014, 05:13 AM   #4213
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Old March 1st, 2014, 05:27 AM   #4214
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Old March 1st, 2014, 06:47 PM   #4215
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Oh no. Such an abomination for poor NYC! Lexington Ave is some halfway-desaster, too.
Boxy modernist blandness all over.
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What a stupid statement.

Meanwhile, NYC continues to be the standard of the world and remains unbothered.
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 05:12 AM   #4217
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Oh no. Such an abomination for poor NYC! Lexington Ave is some halfway-desaster, too.
Boxy modernist blandness all over.
And we are all the happier
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 04:31 PM   #4218
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What a stupid statement.
How so? You're always entitled to your own opinion, but I can't see that you're actually demonstrating that you're in favour of 432 Park's architecture. So I suppose you dislike it as well, but don't care at all - because your affection for NYC overshadows any single project.

Enough of the laymen's psychology already.
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How so? You're always entitled to your own opinion, but I can't see that you're actually demonstrating that you're in favour of 432 Park's architecture. So I suppose you dislike it as well, but don't care at all - because your affection for NYC overshadows any single project.

Enough of the laymen's psychology already.
Get a clue.
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Meanwhile, NYC continues to be the standard of the world and remains unbothered.
The standard in what exactly? And isn't standard boring in many ways, too?
The term is suggestive in just that.
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