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Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 03:00 PM
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Posted By Beton Brut
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

I live on the opposite end of the neighborhood, so my opinion is of less weight than those abutting it. I dig the materials, but the facade articulation needs some work. The scale doesn't bother me...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 02:02 PM
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Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

Isn't it fun to be arguing about something new for a change?



I can't do better than this:



So thank you.
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 12:31 PM
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Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

I'm buying you a beer at the next meet-up.

Full disclosure: my neighbors and I are looking down the barrel of the redevelopment of Suffolk Downs. A lot of people believe that the "success" of ...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

Sadly, there's no such thing these days, statler.

Speaking urbanistically, "authenticity" is derived of an organic developmental process (i.e. the Back Bay, the South End, Davis Square). It's the...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 11:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,727
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Arsenal Yards | Arsenal Mall Redevelopment | Watertown

Branch Line has become one of my favorite places to eat and drink.



Indeed (and you're right about Ann & Hope). The mall conversion was first-wave adaptive reuse, similar to what was done with...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

Perhaps I should repackage this discussion:

We've built a spit-shined, auto-centric, lily-white simulacrum of an urban experience within sight of an actual city. Maybe this is something to...
Forum: Development Projects 04-19-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

Not much to argue with here.

All the new thinking is about loss... (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47553/meditation-at-lagunitas)



Depends on who's watching. :-/
Forum: Development Projects 04-19-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

So, I figured my initial comment would stir things up a bit...

Let's carve into this:



Maybe...

One of my oldest friends is a metal fabricator; talented guy, went to school for it, runs...
Forum: Development Projects 04-19-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

This place, and others like it, are symptomatic of a culture lacking in an awareness of its own catastrophic superficiality. When patrons tire of shuffleboard, I hope they're prepared and scaled to...
Forum: Development Projects 04-19-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

And I'm still processing that a bunch of effete, moneyed, 20-something Brooklyn transplants have the time and energy to piss away an evening playing shuffleboard ironically...
Forum: Development Projects 04-19-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 591,491
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Indeed...
http://www.planetsteelers.com/steelersblog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/facepalm-polar-bear.jpg
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-19-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 709
Posted By Beton Brut
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 04-17-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,920
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: General Boston Discussion.

An interesting read to be sure (I'm only a couple of "pages" in). I'll be sharing this one.

Thanks for posting, statler.
Forum: Development Projects 04-17-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,727
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Arsenal Yards | Arsenal Mall Redevelopment | Watertown

^ Be my guest! I was inspired by the spreadsheet I'm currently pouring over...
Forum: Development Projects 04-17-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,727
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Arsenal Yards | Arsenal Mall Redevelopment | Watertown

I spend a fair amount of time in the "Waltham-Watertown corridor," and I love the handsome, purposeful Arsenal buildings. The new additions seem carelessly impermanent. I've no expectation that any...
Forum: Development Projects 04-17-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,727
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Arsenal Yards | Arsenal Mall Redevelopment | Watertown

Is there no end to this craftless brand of "architecture"?
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-16-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,058
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

No hard feelings -- it does have a bit of a Trainspotting vibe to it that elicits shudders in the nice folks who find themselves on Huntington for the Monets and Renoirs...



I ask myself the...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-16-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,058
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

Shep, you're breakin' my heart.



And some of us pine for old dives like Punter's. I played in a dart league there, half a lifetime ago. Cheap beer, Jim Beam, Paddy, and pizza through the window...
Forum: Development Projects 04-14-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3,202
Views: 576,997
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Downtown Crossing

Shabby chic.

Super weak.
Forum: Development Projects 04-13-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2,546
Views: 591,491
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Agreed. Good luck with the nice folks from the Greenway Conservancy...



I think a few folks have expressed this sentiment to varying degrees. I have similar feelings about both planned towers...
Forum: Development Projects 04-13-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2,032
Views: 498,160
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

Exactly what is "chef-inspired food"?

"I'd like 'Meaningless Words & Phrases' for $500, Alex..."
Forum: Development Projects 04-13-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4,101
Views: 771,135
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

I believe it's 3' form the lot line but 25'-30' from the adjacent buildings.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 04-12-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,920
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: General Boston Discussion.

We sure did learn a lot from the age of public housing from the post-WWII era through Johnson's Great Society to its unceremonious twilight during the Regan-era.

The problem we face is the widely...
Forum: Development Projects 04-12-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4,101
Views: 771,135
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

If you squint your eyes a bit, the crown looks like the head of a toothbrush.



The original tried and failed to emulate this (on a much smaller scale):
...
Forum: Development Projects 04-11-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 4,101
Views: 771,135
Posted By Beton Brut
Re: 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

I've looked at these renderings a bit more. Random thoughts:

It's all a bit retro-futurist;
There's a dystopian vibe (RoboCop, not Brazil or Children of Men);
Might look sexier with black...
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