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  1. Understood, but the point I was trying to make is...

    Understood, but the point I was trying to make is that the cube itself is an attention-grabbing instrument, and that a building that tries to emulate it seizes this attention for itself and...
  2. If anything, I like that the black cube was...

    If anything, I like that the black cube was offset from the rest of its surroundings. An aloof piece of contemporary art adrift in the city. The irony and poignancy is lost when the city starts...
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    New Maki to replace Cooper Union engineering...

    New Maki to replace Cooper Union engineering building:

    http://curbed.com/uploads/2008_2_51astor.jpg

    http://curbed.com/archives/2008/02/14/maki_rolls_into_astor_place_looks_sharp.php
  4. Did no one notice the new Maki go up on curbed? ...

    Did no one notice the new Maki go up on curbed?

    http://curbed.com/uploads/2008_2_51astor.jpg

    http://curbed.com/archives/2008/02/14/maki_rolls_into_astor_place_looks_sharp.php
  5. Thread: Paris Development

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    ^ The stadium design is incredible. The...

    ^ The stadium design is incredible. The philharmonic gives me mixed feelings.
  6. Hmm, the renderings look old. Note there's no...

    Hmm, the renderings look old. Note there's no Sculpture for Living in the first colour aerial.

    The little obelisk in the street is interesting, though. Competition for the Cube?
  7. Not original in any case. See: the twisting torso...

    Not original in any case. See: the twisting torso tower of Malmo, Sweden.
  8. From what I recall, the museum needed the revenue...

    From what I recall, the museum needed the revenue from the condo tower.

    It limited Stern's options, but yeah...a tower didn't exactly encumber the Time Warner Center's delicious curvature.
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    I think this was the previous offer that the...

    I think this was the previous offer that the Cotton Club rejected, on the grounds that a temporary removal might become a permanent one.
  10. Thread: Dubai

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    Before the civil war, Saudi women used to go to...

    Before the civil war, Saudi women used to go to Beirut to party hijab-less. Now they go to Dubai.

    Not that all the laws there are liberal. A French boy raped by some guy near a roadside there was...
  11. Thread: Dubai

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    I guess it's technically known as Old Dubai or...

    I guess it's technically known as Old Dubai or Bastakiya and is across Dubai Creek from the glitz and glamour. Wet your whistle?

    http://www.dubai-hotel-saver.co.uk/images/dubai-souk.jpg
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    Cost keeps deterring me from revisiting...

    Cost keeps deterring me from revisiting Montreal...I guess the Chinatown busses don't want to deal with the hassles of operating across an international border.
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    Wow, I forgot the central Village was once cool...

    Wow, I forgot the central Village was once cool (and not just a giant NYU dorm).
  14. Thread: London Projects

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    http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1048/london2012...

    http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/1048/london2012combinedog1.jpg

    Where is this taken from? It makes London look something like an oversized Melbourne...I can't stand all that pancakey Edwardian...
  15. Thread: Dubai

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    Miami. But from what I hear, the old souk area...

    Miami.

    But from what I hear, the old souk area is vaguely urban, and is earning a sort of Miami Beach-esque cachet with the art set.
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    Most people coming to Columbia for any purpose...

    Most people coming to Columbia for any purpose would not want to stay in Harlem, despite its proximity, and the university is just fine with that. Among other things, it's more arduous to climb...
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    Lizbeth, have you ever read the history of the...

    Lizbeth, have you ever read the history of the campus? Easy as it might seem to connect neoclassical monumentalism to the prevading spirit of turn-of-the-century Manifest Destiny jingoism, that...
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    There's a similar project afoot to rebuild the...

    There's a similar project afoot to rebuild the Stadtschloss in central Berlin:

    http://www.berliner-schloss.de/picupload/20030728212622.jpg

    http://www.berliner-schloss.de
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    Oh, the interplay between immediate decisions and...

    Oh, the interplay between immediate decisions and macrohistorical forces is an endless circular historiographical debate. The first half of the 20th century has been studied in such minute detail...
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    Lizbeth, I graduated from Columbia in May. When...

    Lizbeth, I graduated from Columbia in May. When was the last time you were on campus? Ferris Booth was demolished in the mid-90s and replaced by a new student center. New Hall has been named Carman...
  21. The NYT building was meant to be Piano's...

    The NYT building was meant to be Piano's improvement on his efforts at Potsdamer Platz, so his treatment of the rods should be a bit more refined, here.
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    A tour-de-force, as usual. You should be at a...

    A tour-de-force, as usual. You should be at a university.
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    Sticky: Looks like one of those opaque glass buildings...

    Looks like one of those opaque glass buildings that have been thrown up all over the former Soviet Union and show up in special advertising sections in magazines to prove that Whateverstan is modern...
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    only at the most local level, which is to...

    only at the most local level, which is to say...not much.
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    Beyond sprawl, the difference lies to a great...

    Beyond sprawl, the difference lies to a great extent in the fields. The Northeast US used to look quite a bit like this, but hasn't since the Plains/Midwest gained a huge comparative advantage in...
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