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...what has he messed up on this development?

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The pyramid on the top of the building is a little too much. Its like he had to add some bling to make it fun.

Bottom - he creates these ugly pedestals for his buildings that do nothing for the streetscape i.e. lack of

interaction with pedestrians, GFR, and just a fortress style base that makes it very unwelcoming. I also don't

like his choice of colors for his buildings. Maybe something personal, but I always feel there just

a little off.

The colors of Cesar Pelli's group of buildings to the west, don't bother me. I think he got them just right.

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So the biggest fast food chain also happens to produce a lot of items that end up as litter....shocked.   But why are we putting this on them? Once a person purchases their food its theirs a

McDonald’s has owned this land since 1988 it looks like. They sold a bit to RD so he can build The Titan, now Astoria.

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The pyramid on the top of the building is a little too much. Its like he had to add some bling to make it fun.

Bottom - he creates these ugly pedestals for his buildings that do nothing for the streetscape i.e. lack of

interaction with pedestrians, GFR, and just a fortress style base that makes it very unwelcoming. I also don't

like his choice of colors for his buildings. Maybe something personal, but I always feel there just

a little off.

The colors of Cesar Pelli's group of buildings to the west, don't bother me. I think he got them just right.

"A little too much".. "Had to add some bling to make it fun".. You do realize this building is located in Uptown.. Right? Home of chrome arches/suspended circular signage and a 901 foot tall lighthouse/beacon of suburban-urbanity? Nothing a little too much or blingy about Uptown.. ;)

I agree, the bases of his buildings usually blow..

Color is always just a little bit off? Isn't this building going to be white?

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I'm going to try to keep an open mind in that diamond at the top until the building is done, but upon seeing it IRL for the first time the other day, a derogatory word synonymous with happy was the first thing that popped into my head....

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Seems like the crown being constructed is missing a setback level from the original rendering, which to me anyway, makes it appear more awkward.

^^^ THIS!  and even more of this!  if they had decided to just veer away from the original rendering per se, then maybe they should have decided to construct the "diamond beacon" upon a much much smaller scale.  as it appears now, it looks ridiculous / hideous....

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It's Randall Davis. Other than the Rice Conversion, none of his projects are great. The Renoir has a huge blank wall. The Cosmo's garage is offensive. The Gotham and the other thing on West Gray have gargoyles. Not sure why anyone thought this would be a masterpiece. 

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Is that a bad thing?

Btw, even with the haze we are having today, I could see the diamond while driving north on 288.

Titan was more Jetsons, not a good or bad thing. The corner windows and the crown look very similar to the rendering we saw. Of course, the detailing will be different.

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So it's got more of a futuristic vibe.. I guess that suits Randy's attempt at bringing Art Deco into the 21st century. I stayed at the Loews Miami and loved the hotel. Maybe I'm a fan of cheesy architecture..? Lol

The Loews in Miami is actually quite nice. But Randy's previous attempts at this are not. The way the tower looks now just reminded me of the Titan rendering.
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So what will this new area filled with a cluster of towers on this side of Post Oak be called? Does it deserve its own name? NoPo? hahaha

I personally always just thought Uptown had 2 parts, inside the Loop and outside the Loop. The Outer Loop Uptown calls itself "Galleria Area" locally. The Inner Loop Uptown doesn't have a local name yet, but I think River Oaks District would work great. If you can refer to an area by the name of a mall (eg. "Galleria Area") then you could also refer to an area for a street level shopping district too IMO.
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Poor little Randy Davis. I bet he hates a few of you haif posters personally and you don't even know it. :lol:

 

My money is on "poor little Randy Davis" not really giving a @* about any of the HAIF posters.  ;-)

 

He's too busy building things and making money while they sit at their computers throwing spitballs.

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My money is on "poor little Randy Davis" not really giving a @* about any of the HAIF posters. ;-)

He's too busy building things and making money while they sit at their computers throwing spitballs.

On second thought, you're right.

He's probably too busy lighting cigars with $100,000 bearer bonds and snorting ****** off of a gucci supermodels **** in a penthouse suite somewhere to be worried about some neckbeards on HAIF complaining on the internet that his multi-million dollar making developments are too ugly for their poor student tastes. :lol:

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You know what, after seeing this picture, I get now why we get cheesy Florida panhandle architecture. We are a city by the gulf, with a sub tropical climate. So really these type of bright beige and batman condo buildings are a product of our region. Houston is at such a crossroads. Anyways, just saying because I can now almost appreciate them.

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Over 25 years ago a book was written tongue in cheek called the Nine Nations of North America.  Houston was labeled a crossroad between three nations: The Breadbasket, Dixie, and Mex-America.  Despite the jest there are elements of truth to this observation. This area is also considered a biological crossroad due to its assortment of eastern and western vegetation and being the upper northern boundary of tropical vegetation. This may partially explain the difficulty of giving our metro area a cute label. It may also explain our variety of, well, everything including architecture. Our topography may be boring, but very little else. 

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