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Old September 30th, 2007, 10:29 PM   #141
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Old October 1st, 2007, 12:03 AM   #142
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Hey, we're getting some good chicago school buildings like legacy, 300 n lasalle, possible GP4 in central station, 353 n clark, ompw- sort of, arquitectonica and aqua are modern, innovative chicago school buildings in a sense. It's just that projects like this, spire, waterview are all overshadowing the chicago school buildings. Tall and thin is in, but if architects and developers can put chicago spins on designs, it makes for fresh, new designs like waterview, and hopefully park michigan. Sears and big john were unconventional for their time for chicago, but they were inspired by chicago school just like some of these. History repeats itself once again, and I f*ckin love it!
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Old October 1st, 2007, 12:46 AM   #143
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Well, with Chicago being the birthplace of modern architecture in the first place, (in the skyscraper sence) why do they seen too modern?
Trump Tower seems Chicago. 300 N LaSalle seems Chicago. The Elysian really seems Chicago.

Spire? Waldorf-Astoria? They just seem like they belong in Beijing or some other booming Asian city. Maybe I'm just so used to Chicago's boxy brick and concrete skyscrapers that these are just too new to me. I'd love to see more Wrigley buildings and Tribune Towers, but that age is far past...I guess it's time to embrace the new winds of change.
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Old October 1st, 2007, 02:05 AM   #144
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WILL B ANOTHER EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD THAT CHICAGO KNOWS ITS
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Old October 1st, 2007, 05:45 PM   #145
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******* amazing.

Chicago really is the 2nd city in skyscrapers now. Slowly but surely it stays ahead of the game. Unfortunately Dubai has an awful lot of money.
The really cool thing is that Chicago is building with private funds...while Dubai is building with gov't funds.
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Old October 1st, 2007, 05:47 PM   #146
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The really cool thing is that Chicago is building with private funds...while Dubai is building with gov't funds.
It's both Government and Private funds. Plus, that is the first city where most rich Middle Easterns invest their money.
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Old October 1st, 2007, 07:08 PM   #147
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In terms of buildings over 500 feet tall, the 2 hottest cities IN THE WORLD are Dubai, and Miami. Miami has 24 buildings over 500 feet tall under construction.
I'll take Chicago's construction in terms of quality. These projects are impressive.
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Old October 1st, 2007, 11:33 PM   #148
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My dream: Frank Lloyd Wright's "The Illinois" finally begins construction. Now that would just own any tower..at 5,680 ft:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois
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Old October 1st, 2007, 11:46 PM   #149
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 01:43 AM   #150
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Weighing in at a hefty 335 metres or 1,100 feet tall, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Condominium Tower, which will be located on North Park and East North Water on a site located roughly in the middle of an east west axis between the Trump Tower and Fordham Spire.

If built the Waldorf Astoria will have 100 floors which will house a five star hotel with 325 rooms, which will be run by the Hilton group who own the Waldorf Astoria franchise and a further 300 luxury, serviced condominiums.

Designed by Chicago based architects Destefano and Partners, the proposal is seen by many as a comeback for developers Fordham Co in conjunction with Prime Group Inc who have struggled since 1997 when they made unwise investment decisions that could have crippled them. This tower however forms part of a $2 billion worth of projects the company have either under construction or being proposed.

The tower is unusual in its design based on the "thin is in" ethic currently popular in Chicago its base is squared but as it rises it tapers inwards forming an almost Katana sword like convex peak. This should appeal to the decision makers who recently have been keen on proposals that block views and light quite so much as their squatter counterparts.

The fašade is curtain wall glazing with what appears to be concrete trimming, a resemblance to the near by and under construction Fordham Spire skyscraper is meant as a "tip of the hat" to rival architects Santiago Calatrava.

No doubt we will see the standard amenities that can be found in almost every project such as spas, gymnasiums, pools and cubby holes to tidy the butler away to when he isn't needed.

If built this tower will mark the first time Chicago built four super-tall towers within five years of each other. The Hancock, Aon and Sears skyscrapers were all built between 1969 and 1974. This time round Chicago already has an under construction Trump Tower and Waterview Tower and the Fordham Spire just kicking off and if these plans are realized will add further to it.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:35 PM   #151
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Except that it's the Chicago Spire... not the Fordham Spire.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 02:16 AM   #152
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My dream: Frank Lloyd Wright's "The Illinois" finally begins construction. Now that would just own any tower..at 5,680 ft:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illinois

Isn't a mile 5,280' ?
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 12:29 PM   #153
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yes, one mile is 5280ft
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 09:11 PM   #154
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DEVELOPMENT | Carley floats idea for hotel tower in Streeterville

September 28, 2007
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A developer is showing plans for a 100-story hotel and residential tower for Streeterville that, if built, would look like a little brother of the proposed Chicago Spire.

Christopher Carley, chairman of Fordham Co., wants the building placed north of the Sheraton Chicago hotel that's along the Chicago River. Carley bought the site during the summer and has formed a partnership with another Chicago developer of note, Michael Reschke.

At about 1,100 feet, the building would be shorter than such skyline titans as the John Hancock Center or even the new Trump Tower. But it would command attention and be only a couple of blocks from the proposed spire, a 2,000-foot composition of celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava.

Whether the spire or Carley's building can be completed is up for debate, but the projects have more than a neighborhood in common. Carley used to own the spire property along Lake Shore Drive and interested Calatrava in the site before being bought out for his trouble.

For the new site, Carley said he's appropriated some ideas from his attempt at the Calatrava deal. Carley wants a building that's about half condominiums, 300 units, and half hotel, 325 rooms.

Waldorf-Astoria, a Hilton Hotels Corp. brand, has agreed to run the hotel as part of a limited national expansion of its legendary Manhattan name. Other Waldorf-Astorias are planned or under construction in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Orlando, Fla.

While decidedly upscale, the Carley site has more limited ambitions than the spire. The spire's developer is using Calatrava's reputation to market the units internationally and the prices could start at $1,200 a square foot.

Carley said his sales will come locally, and he's aiming for around $800 a square foot, still near the top for the market.

His architect is Chicago-based DeStefano & Partners, which got instructions not to imitate the spire but to give it a "tip of the cap," as Carley put it. The result was a building that toward the bottom has a conventional square shape but sharpens to a scalpel at the top. .... (more)
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 09:29 PM   #155
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Gotta love the scalpel reference at the end.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 10:56 PM   #156
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This building will be one B.A.M.F. building!
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Old October 4th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #157
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Old October 4th, 2007, 10:34 AM   #158
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Old October 4th, 2007, 02:31 PM   #159
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Thanks Victor! If that is what it will look like, than that will be amazing!
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Old October 4th, 2007, 05:12 PM   #160
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Could anyone produce a quick rendering with the skyline, so we can judge how impactful it'll be. Please?
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