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Old 12-07-2018, 10:27 PM   #101
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Wonderful. Boston is long past due for an enema that clears out its suffocating design provincialism. This is that corrective.
You're mistaking the turd for the enema.

Put it along the Pike in Allston.

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Old 12-07-2018, 11:36 PM   #102
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The architects are in town today, presenting to BU's Board.
No architects were involved in the creation of... this. Maybe the architectís kindergartener.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:34 PM   #103
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BU has a long history of building ugly buildings resulting in a mismatch of a campus.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:50 PM   #104
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Geo/Soil rig working the site.

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Old 01-10-2019, 11:35 AM   #105
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sorry, but the BU DSC proposal appears to me somewhat like a rip-off of SANAA's Museum of Contemporary arts in NYC but in brick....



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Old 01-10-2019, 06:43 PM   #106
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sorry, but the BU DSC proposal appears to me somewhat like a rip-off of SANAA's Museum of Contemporary arts in NYC but in brick....



Thereís no brick in the facade, which is a positive. BUís brick buildings are generally uninspired. Itís encouraging to see BU move away from overusing brick. All recent development on campus has been a mixture of other facade materials.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:35 PM   #107
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Thereís no brick in the facade, which is a positive. BUís brick buildings are generally uninspired. Itís encouraging to see BU move away from overusing brick. All recent development on campus has been a mixture of other facade materials.
Brick doesn't often scale well in my opinion. 3 to 5 stories with sufficient windows would be my brick limit
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:21 PM   #108
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sorry, but the BU DSC proposal appears to me somewhat like a rip-off of SANAA's Museum of Contemporary arts in NYC but in brick....



That one picture has everything for why New York is fucking awesome
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:16 AM   #109
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That one picture has everything for why New York is fucking awesome
Then you should move there.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:23 AM   #110
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That one picture has everything for why New York is fucking awesome
We must be looking at a different picture.....
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:27 AM   #111
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Yea of all the pictures to make that comment on and you choose that?
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:43 AM   #112
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sorry, but the BU DSC proposal appears to me somewhat like a rip-off of SANAA's Museum of Contemporary arts in NYC....
SANAA's building is a playful container for its contents. I need to visit again, it's been a few years.

The new BU building certainly uses a similar concept at a larger scale, on behalf of a different program. The "stacked regions" in the BU DSC still remind me of the Seattle Central Library.

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Then you should move there.
Is this really the best we can do to foster an intelligent dialog?

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We must be looking at a different picture.....
Or this?

C'mon people, we're smarter and more broad-minded than this...
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:27 AM   #113
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^We're Bostonians, we don't like NY nor do we care to be compared. For reasons both petty and of consequence. It should be above reproach, we dont care how it looks.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:30 AM   #114
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Sad that people still feel the need to get upset at daring to say good things about New York. Especially on an architecture and urbanism forum...

Also, I didn't compare the two, but allow me:

The picture is awesome because it shows a bunch of old, handsome buildings that are, by New York standards, just average, run of the mill and dingy things. Nothing special. In Boston, at that level of density of old buildings you're gonna be looking at in almost all cases a high degree of gentrification. Not so here... just one more random block of old stuff (dingy and unrenovated, no less) in Chinatown, an awesome ultramodern architectural piece in the middle of all of (and not even a big deal), and some random, very non-gentrified businesses at ground level.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:39 AM   #115
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Or this?
4 buildings appear to be 60's-70's style public housing (far left and 3 in the background, one of which is barely peeking out behind the left building and not the one with the glass corner). 2 of the 3 attached small buildings directly to the left of the white tower are hideous. The tower itself looks like it's made from the same material as a typical whiteboard (ie is it made of plastic?). The "HELL YES!" is vulgar.... There's graffiti under the yellow awning with a rape van parked in front. The businesses under both the yellow and purple awnings appear to be shuttered, possibly for good since it's still daytime. Just to the left of the vulgar tower in the next row of background buildings is another hideous concrete structure with graffiti on top. Need I go on? I just don't really see the appeal with any of this.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:10 PM   #116
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Rape van......HA!
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:34 PM   #117
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I'm going to agree with both Beton Brut and FK4 here. I live in Boston, and I think New York is awesome. And this is a stupid conversation.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:43 PM   #118
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C'mon people, we're smarter and more broad-minded than this...
i join you in seeing a lot of goodness about NYC in that image.

There are about 100,000,000,000,000,000 images and angles you can take

in NYC, never capture anything above 280'Ėand be absolutely in awe.

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Sad that people still feel the need to get upset at daring to say good things about New York. Especially on an architecture and urbanism forum...

Also, I didn't compare the two, but allow me:

The picture is awesome because it shows a bunch of old, handsome buildings that are, by New York standards, just average, run of the mill and dingy things. Nothing special. In Boston, at that level of density of old buildings you're gonna be looking at in almost all cases a high degree of gentrification. Not so here... just one more random block of old stuff (dingy and unrenovated, no less) in Chinatown, an awesome ultramodern architectural piece in the middle of all of (and not even a big deal), and some random, very non-gentrified businesses at ground level.
one of the most enjoyed-to-read posts.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:49 PM   #119
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Need I go on? I just don't really see the appeal with any of this.
I appreciate you taking the time to flesh out your thoughts. And I understand why the deeply layered disorder of NYC depicted in the photo is off-putting to many people.

Some folks think cilantro tastes like soap. Others dislike polystyleism in music. Matters of taste generate fun and informative debates.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:09 PM   #120
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Hundreds of blocks of ancient, run down brownstones in NYC.....

sometimes, there's consistency in their size, look and makeup, just as often
broken up by the narrower (or fatter) & taller disorder & strange things.....

For me, they create a gorgeous, precious urban motif that is beyond my comprehension.
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