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EOst
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Re: Chicago

Postby EOst » February 2nd, 2017, 10:19 am

I don't love it. Modernist towers were built with plazas and not podiums intentionally, to emphasize the sheer, vertiginous thrust of the tower. Four stories of podium will make the tower feel very different from street level.

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Re: Chicago

Postby VAStationDude » February 2nd, 2017, 10:31 am

Yes. A windswept plaza emphasizing IDS Center would have been preferable to the Crystal Court.

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Re: Chicago

Postby RailBaronYarr » February 2nd, 2017, 10:56 am

Seems to work pretty well here https://goo.gl/maps/s9Zi8qiWNHQ2

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Re: Chicago

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Re: Chicago

Postby EOst » February 2nd, 2017, 12:54 pm

VAStationDude wrote:
February 2nd, 2017, 10:31 am
Yes. A windswept plaza emphasizing IDS Center would have been preferable to the Crystal Court.
They aren't even vaguely comparable. The Crystal Court was designed alongside the IDS tower, and the two are situated to maximize the vertical impact of the tower, which keeps a sheer wall on 8th and on the corner with Nicollet. This is like demolishing the Crystal Court and wrapping all four sides of the IDS with Mayo Clinic Square

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Re: Chicago

Postby VAStationDude » February 2nd, 2017, 1:37 pm

I get what you're saying. I find zero value in trash like the unused plaza, blank walls, squat street level commercial and tourist bunker lobby. Other than on the windswept plaza the verticality of the tower isn't emphasized. This is a undoubtedly a huge net positive and better than any other realistic alternative. The building owner isn't springing for expensive improvements that don't improve the bottom line.

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Re: Chicago

Postby Anondson » July 12th, 2017, 10:43 am

Huge lakefill expansion of park along Lake Michigan proposed.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... /170719958

Eliminating dangerous stoplight, and tons of park space. If they’re going this big I wonder how much inspiration they take from Dutch projects along the North Sea, Lake Michigan can be violent.

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Re: Chicago

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Re: Chicago

Postby NickP » November 11th, 2017, 5:17 pm

Since Chicago is a city with a very famous fire, I wonder what if this will be viewed as poor taste or tempting fate?

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Re: Chicago

Postby Anondson » October 15th, 2018, 12:22 pm

Smithsonian Magazine on how Chicago’s early massive water engineering projects allowed the city to happen, then grow, into a global city of skyscrapers.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ ... 180970526/


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