Dramatic, Inspiring Architecture - Go To CHICAGO!
posted at 8/13/2008 10:45 AM EDT
A GREAT resource for this type of discussion is the web-forum:www.archboston.com
There are some greats posts and discussions on projects and plans in the City regularly.
Now- for my two cents and I will say this openly- I have never seen more control by NIMBYs or questionable actions by a local government than in Boston. Did you know they want to put up an amazing new iconic tower in the Back Bay that will almost be as tall as the Pru or John Hancock? Guess what- by the time the NIMBYs and BRA are done with it, it will be a short squat unremarkable little thing.
I attribute most fo the "landscrapers"- the bland, short (but elongated) condo developments we are seeing throughout so much of the City to this NIMBYism and strict enforcement powers by the BRA. The "no-casting shadows on the Common or Commonwealth Ave Mall" rule is almost as stupid and obtuse as the "no buildings taller than William Penn's hat on City Hall" rulle Philadelphia used to go by.
The whiny patrician element that can AFFORD to live near such wonderful new development should embrace it and the fact that property values will continue to sky rocket for them. If they don't like it move to Newton or Ipswich or something!
Architecturally- look at the citys in America alone that are just zooming past Boston- New York, Chicago, Miami, San Fran- they all have FRESH, ICONIC, and TALL new buildings on in the pipeline or going up that will redefine the skyline and add great architectural value to the urban landscape. Heck- even "dirty, murder-riddled, classless" Philadelphia will soon have a skyline completely unrecognizable with modern fresh designs in the American Commerce Center, Cira Center 2 and Post Office Expansion and more- just checkout:www.phillyskyline.com
Boston needs to get its act together fast architecturally- the disater of all those ugly 1970's and 80's BOXES in the downtown is about to be repeated on Fan Pier/ Waterfront (where it already seems to have taken hold) and then exemplified with all those new landscrapers in Fenway, the West End, etc.
Atleast Menino's Trans-National Place/ Keyboard Tower was inspired as is South Station Tower.
Until NIMBYs go away and the BRA actually lets developers exercise their own land rights- I would expect more of the same boring uninspired design.
Despite all of our groundbreaking and progressive social ideals- this city's conservatism is as clear as day when you look at the architecture.
Beautiful brownstones and landmarks can exist next to new and breath-taking ones- look at London, NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Berlin, the list goes on!!
We should be LEADING THE WAY not losing the race!!!