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Old February 11th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #261
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Look at the recent pictures above my last post, that is what I am talking about.
I did...still not cookie cutter to me. Each tower is a different shape and height. Yeah the colors and claddings aren't extremely exciting, but there are many worse looking cities out there.

When I think of cookie cutter I think of the "Communist block" look.
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I did...still not cookie cutter to me. Each tower is a different shape and height. Yeah the colors and claddings aren't extremely exciting, but there are many worse looking cities out there.

When I think of cookie cutter I think of the "Communist block" look.
Same colors and claddings make it look cookie cutter too. There are two different descriptions that most people usually think of cookie cutter... Building look similar and same colors. For example, look at Vancouver, B.C. skyline, most people consider that cookie cutter even all buildings are different but same colors and designs.
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Yeah, we got different views on that for sure.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #264
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Same colors and claddings make it look cookie cutter too. There are two different descriptions that most people usually think of cookie cutter... Building look similar and same colors. For example, look at Vancouver, B.C. skyline, most people consider that cookie cutter even all buildings are different but same colors and designs.
I don't think you've looked at any pics of the Panama skyline, it's not like Vancouver, every single building is different, there's really few buildings that you could say 'these two look alike',(unless youre looking at sets of twin towers which there are quite a few around the city), you can argue that the designs aren't the best, that the materials aren't the best, the planning, etc.. but to say all buildings are the same is pretty retarded, sorry.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 02:10 AM   #265
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Look at the recent pictures above my last post, that is what I am talking about.
You probably have no idea what real commieblocks look like. So Miami is a cookie cutter skyline too? Such bullshit. I would agree if you said it's the new version of commieblocks which are way better looking but this is just condo style building. It's all condo's and balconies.
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It seems to be like the transformation of the Baleares in Spain, really disgusting and too dirty!!!
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It's looking good. Thanks for the update.
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Never been in Panama, but that area reminds me of Manhattan in New York, nice density, just wish there was more variety in designs, looks like most buildings resemble one another in some way, either by design, colors used, and/or arquitecture, however, there are lots of new projects that will help change that!!!
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Never been in Panama, but that area reminds me of Manhattan in New York, nice density, just wish there was more variety in designs, looks like most buildings resemble one another in some way, either by design, colors used, and/or arquitecture, however, there are lots of new projects that will help change that!!!
its because most of the buildings in the coast line are residentials, So they must have balcony, check the 50 St area, or East Coast, there are the offices buildings.
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Revolution Tower
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Oceania Business Plaza etc...
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Old March 25th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #276
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Donald Trump Goes on an Adventure in Panama.
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A rendering of the Trump Ocean Club adorns a fence on the site of the project in Panama City, Panama.

Susana Gonzalez / Getty

Donald Trump has never been accused of subtlety. So there is nothing retiring about the celebrity real-estate magnate's venture into Panama. His 70-floor sail-shaped Trump Ocean Club, under construction in Panama City's exclusive Punta Pacifica district, will be the largest and most expensive building ever built south of the Rio Grande. "Nothing like this has ever been attempted in Latin America," says head developer Roger Khafif, whose K Group construction firm is handling the $400 million project. "When you think of Sydney you think of the Opera House, when think of Paris you think of the Eiffel Tower, and when you think of Panama, you are going to think of this building."

The 1,080-unit building's construction has now reached the 62nd floor and is scheduled to be inaugurated by the end of the year, complete with luxury condos, a five-star hotel, six restaurants, a Las Vegas-style casino and a private yacht club on the nearby Isla Saboga. The project is 10-to-20 times more expensive than that of any other skyscraper in Panama City. It will be 20% bigger than the AOL-Time Warner building in New York City, Khafif says.

Khafif says Trump's name will help the country's image makeover. "Before it was Panama and Noriega," he explains, referring to Manuel Noriega, the notorious general who ruled the country from 1983 to 1989. "But now it will be Panama and Trump." Or at least he hopes so. "We bet $400 million on it," Khafif says. (From TIME's Archives: The Fall of Manuel Noriega.)

If Khafif sounds proprietary about something with Trump's name on it, it's because the project was his idea in the first place. When the Colombian-born developer came up with the plans for the building in 2005, amid Panama City's real-estate explosion, he realized it was too big to be financed without a major-league brand name. Khafif knew that Trump had been in Panama in 2003 for the Miss Universe Pageant, so he asked a mutual friend to set up a meeting in New York. "I know the guy has an ego and likes pretty things and, boom, Panama is exploding. So baby, if there's any right time, this is the right time," Khafif recalls, explaining the spirit in which he approached Trump. (See pictures of Trump and others most likely to succeed.)

The meeting happened in 2005 and Khafif said he was surprised to learn how much homework Trump had done beforehand. "He had done a lot of due diligence. That's what let me walk through that door; it's not easy to walk through that door," Khafif says. Trump "already knew that the country was booming," but "hates to fly or leave the country." The day after the meeting, Khafif said he received an early morning phone call. "I hear a voice that sounded like Trump, but I thought it was friend who can imitate voices. Two minutes later I realized I was talking to the real thing and I had to apologize," admitted Khafif, who speaks in a quick and seamless flow between Spanish and English, oftentimes switching languages several times in the same sentence. Trump, perhaps accustomed to telling people it's him and not an impersonator on the phone, told Roger, "I love it and I am going to send Ivanka down."

Ivanka is Trump's daughter by his ex-wife Ivana. The young woman is now the company's executive vice president of development & acquisitions, and keen on bringing a more global vision to the family business. The next week, Ivanka visited Panama City and liked what she saw. "Panama is a spectacular, thriving country, changing by the day," Ivanka told TIME in an email. "It's been amazing for me to see the growth of Panama City first hand." "She's a very intelligent young woman," Khafif says. "Sometimes I think she's even smarter than her dad about certain things." The contract was signed and the project was launched in New York City in 2006 — the same day authorities back in the Latin American nation announced a dramatic $5.2 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. (See a multi-media presentation of Panama's vote on expanding its historic canal.)

More expensive than Miami real estate and priced three-to-eight times higher than property in the rest of the Panamanian market, the Trump Ocean Club is partially financed by a $230 million bond offering from Bear Sterns. That bond is now being handled by JP Morgan following the collapse of Bear Sterns in the 2008 global financial crisis. "Without Trump, we would have lost our shirt," Khafif admits. Since then, more than 2,000 construction workers add a new floor each week, silencing many of the earlier skeptics who claimed the project would never get off the ground.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 04:15 AM   #278
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I like when playing fight about condo skyline. Most coastal cities have them. Miami jump out there and a bit of Dubai. It be different if they we're office buildings.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #279
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It is a nice looking building and is good for Panama. Great!

But Trump just licenses his name and sells it. His other projects, like Mexico,Chicago, Las Vegas and florida are all busted.

Trump has left many investors high and dry. His casinoes in Atlantic City are bankrupt.

The guy is a scam artist.


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Donald Trump Goes on an Adventure in Panama.
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A rendering of the Trump Ocean Club adorns a fence on the site of the project in Panama City, Panama.

Susana Gonzalez / Getty

Donald Trump has never been accused of subtlety. So there is nothing retiring about the celebrity real-estate magnate's venture into Panama. His 70-floor sail-shaped Trump Ocean Club, under construction in Panama City's exclusive Punta Pacifica district, will be the largest and most expensive building ever built south of the Rio Grande. "Nothing like this has ever been attempted in Latin America," says head developer Roger Khafif, whose K Group construction firm is handling the $400 million project. "When you think of Sydney you think of the Opera House, when think of Paris you think of the Eiffel Tower, and when you think of Panama, you are going to think of this building."

The 1,080-unit building's construction has now reached the 62nd floor and is scheduled to be inaugurated by the end of the year, complete with luxury condos, a five-star hotel, six restaurants, a Las Vegas-style casino and a private yacht club on the nearby Isla Saboga. The project is 10-to-20 times more expensive than that of any other skyscraper in Panama City. It will be 20% bigger than the AOL-Time Warner building in New York City, Khafif says.

Khafif says Trump's name will help the country's image makeover. "Before it was Panama and Noriega," he explains, referring to Manuel Noriega, the notorious general who ruled the country from 1983 to 1989. "But now it will be Panama and Trump." Or at least he hopes so. "We bet $400 million on it," Khafif says. (From TIME's Archives: The Fall of Manuel Noriega.)

If Khafif sounds proprietary about something with Trump's name on it, it's because the project was his idea in the first place. When the Colombian-born developer came up with the plans for the building in 2005, amid Panama City's real-estate explosion, he realized it was too big to be financed without a major-league brand name. Khafif knew that Trump had been in Panama in 2003 for the Miss Universe Pageant, so he asked a mutual friend to set up a meeting in New York. "I know the guy has an ego and likes pretty things and, boom, Panama is exploding. So baby, if there's any right time, this is the right time," Khafif recalls, explaining the spirit in which he approached Trump. (See pictures of Trump and others most likely to succeed.)

The meeting happened in 2005 and Khafif said he was surprised to learn how much homework Trump had done beforehand. "He had done a lot of due diligence. That's what let me walk through that door; it's not easy to walk through that door," Khafif says. Trump "already knew that the country was booming," but "hates to fly or leave the country." The day after the meeting, Khafif said he received an early morning phone call. "I hear a voice that sounded like Trump, but I thought it was friend who can imitate voices. Two minutes later I realized I was talking to the real thing and I had to apologize," admitted Khafif, who speaks in a quick and seamless flow between Spanish and English, oftentimes switching languages several times in the same sentence. Trump, perhaps accustomed to telling people it's him and not an impersonator on the phone, told Roger, "I love it and I am going to send Ivanka down."

Ivanka is Trump's daughter by his ex-wife Ivana. The young woman is now the company's executive vice president of development & acquisitions, and keen on bringing a more global vision to the family business. The next week, Ivanka visited Panama City and liked what she saw. "Panama is a spectacular, thriving country, changing by the day," Ivanka told TIME in an email. "It's been amazing for me to see the growth of Panama City first hand." "She's a very intelligent young woman," Khafif says. "Sometimes I think she's even smarter than her dad about certain things." The contract was signed and the project was launched in New York City in 2006 — the same day authorities back in the Latin American nation announced a dramatic $5.2 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. (See a multi-media presentation of Panama's vote on expanding its historic canal.)

More expensive than Miami real estate and priced three-to-eight times higher than property in the rest of the Panamanian market, the Trump Ocean Club is partially financed by a $230 million bond offering from Bear Sterns. That bond is now being handled by JP Morgan following the collapse of Bear Sterns in the 2008 global financial crisis. "Without Trump, we would have lost our shirt," Khafif admits. Since then, more than 2,000 construction workers add a new floor each week, silencing many of the earlier skeptics who claimed the project would never get off the ground.
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HUUGEEE!!! THis will enter the list of "the most imposing buildings", see the thread.
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