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Old September 23rd, 2007, 06:02 AM   #81
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Old September 26th, 2007, 08:26 AM   #82
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Old September 26th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #83
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not sure if this is the same project:

Project about to head out of the K Station
REAL ESTATE | Two towers northwest of Loop on one-time railroad land are nearing construction, thanks to a strong market in rental housing

September 26, 2007
BY DAVID ROEDER Sun-Times Columnist
Covering what was lately excess railroad land, Fifield Cos.'s K Station immediately northwest of the Loop is one of downtown's largest long-term projects. It's taking a huge step forward, courtesy of strength in the market for rental housing.
Fifield President Rick Cavenaugh said the company will start construction next month on two apartment high-rises, the third and fourth of what eventually is planned as a six-building complex. The new buildings, slated for mid-2009 delivery and designed by .......
http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder26.article
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Old September 26th, 2007, 05:17 PM   #84
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Great......more painted concrete boxes.

Just as Cabrini Green is coming down, thank God we'll now have K Station to replace it.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 05:30 PM   #85
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^ Retrograde, I've been getting some red X's
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Old September 26th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #86
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September 26, 2007
BY DAVID ROEDER Sun-Times Columnist
http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder26.article
Farther down the article, it mentions a more entertaining tidbit...something about a 3,000 foot tower for Chicago or Houston. Granted, the developer is likely living in Fantasyland, but one can dream.

Found this previous Sun Times article from a couple months ago, with more details on the developer and his tower ideas:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...6/ai_n19436484
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Old September 27th, 2007, 05:50 AM   #87
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not sure if this is the same project:

Project about to head out of the K Station
REAL ESTATE | Two towers northwest of Loop on one-time railroad land are nearing construction, thanks to a strong market in rental housing

September 26, 2007
BY DAVID ROEDER Sun-Times Columnist
Covering what was lately excess railroad land, Fifield Cos.'s K Station immediately northwest of the Loop is one of downtown's largest long-term projects. It's taking a huge step forward, courtesy of strength in the market for rental housing.
Fifield President Rick Cavenaugh said the company will start construction next month on two apartment high-rises, the third and fourth of what eventually is planned as a six-building complex. The new buildings, slated for mid-2009 delivery and designed by .......
http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder26.article
There is a rendering in the print version of the Sun-Times. Basically envision something halfway between Michigan Avenue Tower and 600 North LSD. It even had the low-rise landscaped podium connecting the two towers.

The design is completely regressive, even to the point of ridiculousness - but the massing is very urban, and it fills Clinton's frontage from the railroad tracks to Kinzie with height. There may be a setback from the street, the rendering wasn't clear, but I really hope not.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 07:10 AM   #88
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Old September 27th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #89
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^ Wow. They're going all out on their lameness with this one.

It's density, though. More pedestrians, more vitality--can't complain.

Perhaps they should paint one of them red?
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Old September 28th, 2007, 12:18 AM   #90
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Here's the question - which direction is this rendering looking in? If it's looking west from Clinton, then I love this project for filling their street frontage. If it's looking south from Kinzie, as the placement of Sears and Left Bank would seem to indicate, then that means that there's some dead space on the lot, because the towers don't look deep enough to fill from Kinzie to the tracks.
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Old October 4th, 2007, 07:11 AM   #91
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Old October 6th, 2007, 04:47 PM   #92
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I'm sorry...but this building is extremely boring. Why expend so much energy designing a big concrete box. I could do the same thing.
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Old October 6th, 2007, 08:11 PM   #93
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I'm sorry...but this building is extremely boring. Why expend so much energy designing a big concrete box. I could do the same thing.
Perhaps because developers, with their eyes on return-on-investment, can be very risk-averse - much like the way Detroit uses focus groups to design autos - the designs Detroit puts forward tend to be those that elicit the fewest strong reactions, both negative & positive, those which do not excite too much. Even the name - Allure - sounds like a car GM or Ford might have designed in the early '90s LOL
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Old October 27th, 2007, 03:30 AM   #94
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It would still be a mess even if this pic wasn't blurry.
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Perhaps because developers, with their eyes on return-on-investment, can be very risk-averse - much like the way Detroit uses focus groups to design autos - the designs Detroit puts forward tend to be those that elicit the fewest strong reactions, both negative & positive, those which do not excite too much. Even the name - Allure - sounds like a car GM or Ford might have designed in the early '90s LOL
Thanks for stating the obvious... It still blows, just like a 1980 Ford Thunderbird.
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Old October 28th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #96
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Meh.

I'm pretty indifferent on this one.

For all of the fellating the usual suspects around here do for "Yet Another Glass Box", why the ruckus over a concrete box?

Ditch the concrete for glass and the drool would be flowing.
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That's because people on here have an aversion to architecture that seeks to resemble something traditional. I don't know - my only objection to it is the yellow color they will be painting it.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 03:48 AM   #98
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Here's a shot of one of the paint sample tests -- I'm sure the color isn't reproducing accurately, but interesting still.

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Old December 2nd, 2007, 07:08 AM   #99
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 07:14 AM   #100
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