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Old 02-01-2013, 07:45 PM   #621
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Re: Residences at Kensington

Hmm... I was just researching Mexico City's towers and discovered that their tallest, the Torre Mayor, has a similar identity crisis to the Kensington. I'd argue the Torre is more sucessful because the glass and solid parts are two separate masses in tension with each other, compared to the Kensington's which are part of the same mass and very 2-dimensional.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:28 AM   #622
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This attitude is pervasive in the theater. As one theater lover to another, I'll say that it endangers the art form.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:10 PM   #623
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:20 AM   #624
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Look at that bad boy SOAR! It's like our own Burj tower.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:16 PM   #625
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Im likely the only person on here who thinks this but the building looks pretty good. Does it stand out? Not really, but it's hidden anyway.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:44 PM   #626
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^ I have nothing against it either.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:51 PM   #627
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Im likely the only person on here who thinks this but the building looks pretty good.
No, you're not. There are at least 2 of us.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #628
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Make that 3!!!
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:01 PM   #629
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I'll chime in as number 4
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:39 PM   #630
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The 4 of you need to get out more.
Would you mind being respectful. Your comment is unnecessary and just because you do not agree with them does not mean you have to insult them.
This building may not look amazing but it is not terrible looking and it is rather hidden behind other taller buildings so you should be thankful for that.
I think that its two dimensional look makes it unique and interesting.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:52 PM   #631
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It's an econo-box with splotchy skin. Not the worst thing ever but it could encourage other developers to follow the same low standards.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:09 PM   #632
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Yep, it's ArchBoston's low standards that dictate the look and feel of architecture in the city. If only people here were more critical, developers would instantly turn Boston into a design mecca.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:11 PM   #633
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Those low standards are all that are economically viable in Boston. This is a small city with a fairly stagnant population. Combine those factors with the costly permitting process, high labor costs and the freebies foisted upon developers such as affordable housing and 'community space' it's a wonder anyone even bothers. As we've seen, not many outside of the institutional realm do anymore.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #634
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:08 PM   #635
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It was love at first sight! Simply, strikingly, beautiful! For me, as a kid, she was the Marilyn Monroe of all buildings! She still is!
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:17 PM   #636
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Those low standards are all that are economically viable in Boston. This is a small city with a fairly stagnant population. Combine those factors with the costly permitting process, high labor costs and the freebies foisted upon developers such as affordable housing and 'community space' it's a wonder anyone even bothers. As we've seen, not many outside of the institutional realm do anymore.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:09 PM   #637
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You can see this from the Public Garden, and today was the first time I got a real good look at it with my own eyes. I'm sorry, but this thing truly is a piece of shit. We need sexy, tall towers built on all four sides. ASAP.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:39 PM   #638
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Those low standards are all that are economically viable in Boston. This is a small city with a fairly stagnant population. Combine those factors with the costly permitting process, high labor costs and the freebies foisted upon developers such as affordable housing and 'community space' it's a wonder anyone even bothers. As we've seen, not many outside of the institutional realm do anymore.
Permitting is 1-2% of dev cost. Labor costs are as high or higher in NYC and San Fran. So are freebies.
We get shit buildings because Boston is stuck with a culture that stifles/abhors new, bold, tall development. The fact that the tallest as-of-right areas in Boston are 400 feet is a joke. It's not economic viability. It's zoning viability.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:09 PM   #639
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No, it's economic viability. Boston can't offer the sort of ROI that SFO and NYC can. The sort of wealth needed to foot the bill for 'sexy' and 'flashy' doesn't exist here anymore.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:40 PM   #640
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Just trying to understand this better, but as I see it the BRA and developers should be focusing more on urban density then the coveted 800 footer that establish a "(1) unique, (2) predominant city". As far as I'm concerned, Boston has established itself as both far before a skyscraper was even possible. Donít get me wrong, I would love some height here, but Iím not disappointed in our current, and near future development.
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