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Old 09-30-2018, 08:34 PM   #1
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Henry Cobb, interviewed in the Globe

Our prodigal son comes home...Interesting thoughts on the Harbor Towers, the Hancock, and One Dalton.

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Old 10-07-2018, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: Henry Cobb, interviewed in the Globe

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Our prodigal son comes home...Interesting thoughts on the Harbor Towers, the Hancock, and One Dalton.

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Thanks for that, Beton. I'm glad to know that Cobb has lived a long life and is still very current with things.

From the interview, I found this passage eloquent regarding what some of us feel when looking at the recent BU proposal for its Math/Computer building on Comm Ave.

"Q:.....As Boston grows upward, should we worry about height and shadows?


A: Itís not that tall buildings are good or bad. Whatís important is the relationship of tall buildings with whatís around them. So no, we donít need to fight over height. What we need to fight over is the coherence, the drama, the excitement, the juxtaposition of things in the city.

Q: You write about a component of the Hancock tower project that was never realized, which still bothers you decades later.

A: I still feel enormous sadness, regret, and anger about the fact that the planned conversion of the Clarendon Building across the street never happened. You must understand that a tall building in a city is in intense conversation with the things around it; itís a combined work. Thatís the key. The buildings and landscape are put together in a way that each component seems to become more interesting because of the presence of the other, rather than one wiping out the other......"

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Old 10-15-2018, 10:01 PM   #3
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What was the planned conversion of the Clarendon building across the street? I can think of three sites that fit that description.

Edit: Nevermind. Read the article.

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