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lockmat

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  1. I think that some people's utopian idea of urbanism is one without cars. I'm not saying you want this utopia, so please pardon me if I implied it. But this design is essentially car-less, unless one counts the presumed parking garages we think might be below. What assumptions am I making that do not make sense? I've never been to an urban place without streets. Usually the more streets, the more urban. This place has a ring around it, which to me gives the feel of a faux-urban suburban development like Market Street in The Woodlands. Sure, it's pedestrian friendly once you get there, but so is the Exxon campus and even that is half-baked urbanism.
  2. I don't know the areas you've been to in Germany, but based on your description, it sounds like a pre-modern urban utopia where no cars exist, which is the exception to urbanism. Other than your description of Germany, I can't think of an urban city that doesn't have vehicular streets, except maybe Florence. To me, streets/grids and urbanism go hand in hand. I only see two streets winding around this development, which to me, reminds me of a suburban development....lots of buildings but no streets. I'm not calling for parking lots. Ideally there would be a huge underground parking garage. I just want some thru streets.
  3. The area it lies within is not super griddy, but is anyone else disappointed by the lack of streets incorporated into the design? Looks like a massive suburban project to me. Although this area could be argued it is more suburban than urban already. hmmm Where is the parking? Are there garages underground? Or will it all be podium style?
  4. Both of you are assuming gender. Way behind the times. He's a he. And this tower is amazing.
  5. Considering the landmass is almost half the size of downtown, I'd say that's pretty fast.
  6. I would say Obama got the pendulum swinging, but that's for another thread ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ
  7. NYC mayor wants to ban steel and glass high rises. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bill-de-blasio-says-green-new-deal-will-ban-inefficient-steel-and-glass-skyscrapers Thoughts? Should Houston do the same?
  8. Look at that design, so would I. Ripped off Anadarko's tower, but worse.
  9. Maybe Randall is just there for the money and not involved in design? He's not even listed as part of the team: http://dcpartnersusa.com/our-team/
  10. Looking at this and then the conceptual plan for all phases makes you better realize just how ginormous this entire project is. Wow.
  11. Awesome, reminds me of an urban Public Storage.
  12. Anyone else not in love with this design?
  13. The architecture was decent. I would have liked it better if it wasn't enclosed and had a view of outside the stadium.
  14. I don't like the ballpark in Arlington for a few reasons. One, once you're inside, you feel like you're in a box; can't see anything outside the stadium. Two, it's in the middle of a gigantic parking lot with nothing nearby. Only way to access it is by car.
  15. Probably, yeah. Two giveaways, lots of curves and foliage.
  16. Yeah, today I noticed a lot of dirt being moved around in that area.
  17. Sweet. But I'm just wondering if this project possibly being axed is a lagging indicator that development is slowing down. The possible cancellation could be the result of a million things. Just speculating.
  18. What will be the "10 cool things about Houston the 00's" in 30 years?
  19. I've been out of the loop for a long time now, not keeping up with new projects like I used to, but it feels like we haven't had many new projects announced (I know a few have started recently). Are things slowing down? I know this project is a horrible barometer for health of new developments.
  20. Maybe it's not a huge factor, but across the street is that corner store and that block does not have a shortage of homeless people.
  21. I'm annoyed by these people who want to save it right after learning about plans to demo it. If there are any other buildings they want to save, don't wait until the wrecking ball shows up.
  22. I like that this will be short enough for us to see the three behind it still.
  23. If GID doesn't fill the void, someone will. Good for Hanover.
  24. Someone tell architects that recycling is only good when done with plastic and glass, not designs.
  25. Dido on changing the exterior. The Summit looks better from the outside than TC. More glass allowing pedestrians to see what's going on inside.
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