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  1. I'm pretty sure we're in the mess we're in w/ transportation and infrastructure because many of our officials' decisions were predicated by the statement "I guess it's not THAT bad if......".
    8 points
  2. Tadaaaa. 930,000 square feet276 units/170 rooms w/ 20,000 square feet of retail367,000 square feet office tower w/ 6,500 square feet of retail. BBVA Compass Plaza/The Perennial/Gables Post Oak Mixed-Use Tower threads merged.
    4 points
  3. It's not a supertall. Meaning Dallas isn't getting anything I'd care for Houston to urgently get. Nothing to envy here. Although monarch, your stance is quite perplexing to say the least. I'm also happy for Dallas. It's our sister city and I wish them success at everything they do. No ill feelings for the Big D from me. It's becoming a better Dallas than any point in its history and it's something to be proud of. At the end of the day monarch, we're the city with 2 supertalls already, we're the city with OVER 110 highrises proposed right now, we're the worlds 10th richest city (per capita income), we're the city with 16 foreign flag carriers with 2 more that seem committed to entering our market (Transaero and EVA), we're the city getting the Spaceport (with tenants already secured), we're the hotspot food capital of TX, we're the most diverse city in the entire region. What I'm getting at is that Dallas and Houston have so many things to take notes on off each other, things we can all learn. Houston's no second tier TX city.
    3 points
  4. Speaking for myself here, no amount of ball swaying could hypnotize me or draw me in. Just saying, lol. The original manufacturer of these God awful things is this company I believe: http://www.bullsballs.com/ I assume the first person that put these on their truck, were compensating for the lack of a set of their own. The answer to C) is the same as A). The plural of scrotum is scrota. Otherwise, I'm pretty sure whatever Chinese worker that is casting these things know what they are...but maybe not why they're being hung from the under carriage of a truck. They are pretty big in Europe too. (No pun intended) They're called Brass Bollocks or something to that effect.
    3 points
  5. Is there anything more fascinating than the set of 'truck nuts' on a vehicle? Hear me out. I mean, the mind races with questions when you're stuck behind an F-350 and a set of these babies wobbles in front of you as you speed along in the Texas heat. It's like a car accident dangling on the back of a hitch. You want to look away, but the hypnotic swaying draws you in..... So many questions..... A) Who was the first guy to make them? B.) What possessed him to put them on his truck? Did he think that his truck needed to identify as male? C) Who was the first person to mass produce truck nuts? D) Are there real chrome ones and what are the most expensive pair that anyone makes / has purchased. Are there truck nuts made of precious metals? What will future cultures think of us when archaeologists uncover a set? D) Are the Chinese factory workers who make them even able to comprehend why they're making anatomically accurate scroti (I'm assuming that's how you pluralize scrotum)? Would they be disappointed if they knew the truth? E) Is there anywhere else in the world where something like this could catch on? I really hope someone makes a documentary about them. I can see it now: "Truck Nuts: A True Example of American Exceptionalism" 'A City on a Hill', The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Manifest Destiny, Civil Rights and now..... truck nuts.
    3 points
  6. as long as it's more stable than a few of the members on here, it shouldn't matter.
    3 points
  7. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/sarnoff/article/Kirby-Drive-vote-could-allow-major-development-to-5501264.php#/1
    2 points
  8. In 1965 the Ranger was a full sized pick up. It was also the first year that Ford used the Ranger designation on a pick up. For 1965 and 1966 the Ranger designation indicated the truck had the bucket seats which was very rare for those two years. Only about a thousand for 65 and fifteen hundred for 66 as best as we can figure based on the current information, regardless of the exact number built they are very rare. They have a special trim code that indicates they have bucket seats so they would be hard to clone. Here are a few pictures of my 65 for your viewing.
    2 points
  9. ahhh, arche, you need to develop the unique Houstonian skill known as "blocking off the merging lane without leaving your own." It takes much practice, Grasshopper.
    2 points
  10. Bikes are not supposed to go on the sidewalks anyway; they are supposed to share the road with the cars. One of the two evils will end up killing you.
    2 points
  11. Oh man, you did it now! You brought this on yourself!
    2 points
  12. I wonder how they can have studied hundreds of the best campus settings, designing for urban and collegial feel, and have missed the obvious fact that if you want those feelings you don't have one architect do the whole place.
    2 points
  13. well, you just can't have workers standing by, so I'd imagine they'd have to design and engineer it once they decide what design they want to use. then of course, you need to order pieces from various vendors, blah, blah, blah. Most people don't have the slightest clue on what it takes to construct something.
    2 points
  14. Ah yes such a classic statement that destroys innovation or making any improvements. It goes hand in hand with the other great statement "Well because we have always done it this way...". Such amazing sources of inspiration -.- .....those lazy bums.
    2 points
  15. Segways were the worst thing security companies could buy. I can just never take anyone seriously when they're riding one
    2 points
  16. So, to sum up why historic preservation is important: westerners with money have cameras, go around, and use the cameras. How very Google. Looking at the map, based on the competition from Christendom and token other ancient religions, I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the Astrodome is never going to be considered a contributing structure in the global preservation popularity contest. Glad we settled that.
    2 points
  17. We must not avoid women, mollusk. But we must...deny them our essence.
    2 points
  18. It looks like I've answered my own question: Got some renderings as well: edit: JPEGS looks like crap, see original PDF here
    2 points
  19. Construction 2014.05.12 3948-50 by ThirdCoastRyan on Flickr Construction 2014.05.12 3984-6 by ThirdCoastRyan on Flickr Construction 2014.05.12 3990-2 by ThirdCoastRyan on Flickr Construction 2014.05.12 3924-6 by ThirdCoastRyan on Flickr
    2 points
  20. beautiful, ultra modern, sleek. talk about an architectural achievement, to dig deep into the old.. and bring forth a renaissance of design. BRAVO!
    1 point
  21. Meh. Hopefully this is not the final look. Looks thinner than the actual building and the previous renderings.
    1 point
  22. I don't ever encounter any road ragers, but that may be because I keep an AK-47 in my truck and I openly advertise that:
    1 point
  23. Tell me about this as this is news to me. What was the original vision for this massive Houston Center development? I am aware of the bubble bursting by '83 so, no need to describe that. But, please educate me on the vision that you elude to here.
    1 point
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  25. Like I said, Houston needs a better driving education program. Too many arrogant teens and way too many people who've never actually been "tested".
    1 point
  26. Plenty of non-religious historic structures are globally popular. E.g. the Colosseum, the Arch de Triomphe, the Tower of London, etc.
    1 point
  27. So you admit the situation is a legal merge. Why you mad? Eventually everyone gets cut off at some point.
    1 point
  28. UH Law Center- noticing the concrete used in that project it is not actually a "brutalist" building. It has elements of it, but just because something is all concrete doesn't mean its brutalist. For example, one of my fav architects is the Japanese architect Tadeo Ado who uses a lot of concrete in his buildings, but it's almost always in a minimalist/modern language or postmodern. Federal Building- Postmodern Alley Theater- Brutalist/ Postmodern/ Expressionist AT&T Building (Westlayn)- Brutalist. AT&T Building downtown- Art Deco. A very boxy one at that, but if you look closer at the exterior ornament on the side its Art Deco. Med Center- Brutalist motifs but is mostly post-modern in its concept and language Four Seasons- not brutalist. It's actually late Modern. International/ Royal Sonesta- not even close to brutalist lol. This is postmodern Melrose- Modern That last building used to be a large switchboard station/education center. I can't remember the name, but that is all modern. It's actually in a book I have at home. I will post the name and the architect later today. Sadly, it was torn down to make way for the Toyota Center.
    1 point
  29. ^The assumption is people take picture of themselves and other objects near landmarks. Landmarks are usually something historically interesting - usually. So by preserving more old buildings we create more landmarks for people to photograph.
    1 point
  30. I know it sounds bizarre but people do go to the trouble of making up projects and renderings. On HAIF v1 someone posted detailed renderings of "Trillion Tower" as a joke. I suppose that in this scam people are expected to put down a deposit for their unit, which will eventually conveniently disappear. Moved out of "Going Up", because it almost certainly isn't.
    1 point
  31. Im not saying that it won't be nice to have more signage downtown, that I would welcome, but the actual glow of the buildings themselves is comforting to me, especially coming back into town after a long trip. But like I said, at ground level, we need more signage. More lighted signs in varing colors. I like the lighting scheme for this hotel, the one at green street and 609 main
    1 point
  32. While this latest design is not terrible, I too am disappointed in the lack of crown. As it has already been mentioned, it is not like there is flashy architecture all over Houston (in fact there is hardly any at all....especially in the past 20 years). I know conservatism is a part of Houston's culture. I have been a member here long enough to watch folks applaud a practically pitch black downtown nighttime skyline, and describe the overly chosen box design for this city as sleek and regal whenever a design is dramatically scaled back. Ok. I know we aren't Dallas or Atlanta or L.A., or Miami, or Chicago but Houston could definitely use more asymmetric/cylindrial/crowns in it's skylines.
    1 point
  33. These are a great idea. Any way of getting longer gifs? Or try experimenting with web.m's like /gif uses now
    1 point
  34. Triton your gifs have the weirdest file names lol Surprised at how fast this is moving now though. Exciting!
    1 point
  35. Farish Hall Moody Towers
    1 point
  36. I think a lot of you guys are looking deep into the location for the renderings. I think what their purpose using those is to show what their work looks like to people. Doesn't necessarily mean they'll use the same design or it'll be the same height. If this is an actual project then it looks very good. I think someone recently mentioned condos are gaining traction in the Houston market, as are foreign investment, and this would fit both bills easily.
    1 point
  37. You've all been had. This is an elaborate hoax perpetrated by one of our posters from the Woodlands or Katy. He's laughing at you all right now.
    1 point
  38. According to my magical reverse image search: "Rise" is Number One Bloor in Toronto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_One_Bloor), and "Edge" is the Limelight Condos in Missisauga, Ontario (http://www.limelightcondos.com/select.html) Edit: One Bloor looks like Aqua's fraternal twin: http://www.onebloor.com/
    1 point
  39. You mean like this... This must be how they can promote moving in in 12 months... Once completed, Aura will be the tallest residential tower in Canada. So tall in fact that it was split up into 2 separate condo corporations so that the developer could start moving in the residents on the lower floors while the upper floors are still under construction.
    1 point
  40. We, as taxpayers aren't paying for it in the first instance. So we don't pay more to use. Users pay for the road. Period. The toll roads are built and paid for by issuing bonds, which will be paid off with toll revenues.
    1 point
  41. We've still got a "superette" in our neighborhood...KG Food Center at the corner of Tierwester and Mount Pleasant. Owned by the same Korean family since it opened in the early 1960s. Mama (in her 80s or 90s) still works the cash register, one son works with her up front, and another son works in the butcher shop. The boys grew up in the neighborhood (South Union) but the family no longer lives in the neighborhood as they did for decades. The place is about the size of a convenience store, but has meat counter, produce, everything you need. It's a neighborhood institution, a necessity for many around here who don't have transportation, but I wonder how long it will stick around. I'm part of the problem, as I rarely shop there. I only go in for the essentials when I'm in a pinch. It really hit me the other day when I took my four year old son in...it was his first trip there since shortly after he started walking. He loved the place, so I'll make a better effort to support them. This is the store my wife used to walk to as a kid to buy beer and cigarettes when the grown ups needed them. It's nice to know that my son has a place to go when I'm too incapacitated to buy my own beer and cigarettes. :-)
    1 point
  42. The New River Gorge bridge in West Virginia ain't bad. With 876 feet of clearance, Williams Tower would almost fit underneath.
    1 point
  43. Who rides a bike on the pedestrian shoulder, where your center of gravity is higher than the guard rail whilst cars zoom by? Kudos the Audi driver for changing lanes.
    1 point
  44. Wine and whiskey bar confirmed for 3Q 2014: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/05-20-14-houstons-most-innovative-restaurant-chef-is-opening-up-his-own-bar-in-a-historic-downtown-spot/
    1 point
  45. I have two very different reactions to this: We lost the Caroline Collective for THIS??!?!?!! and Now this is what I would like to see more of- actual infill. Not scraping entire blocks and putting up a single structure, but slotting in new, smaller structures to complement (or contrast with) what's already there, Oh and also the ground floor is a blank wall and some garage doors. That's really terrible.
    1 point
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