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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabrizio
    ...and background buildings they may be .....but better these than a scar on the cityscape.
    Amen, bro; our friend Kondylis sets the bar way too low in NYC. Or is it his masters who do that?

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    as long as these supertall buildings are being build in america, i am more than happy. I do prefer that they would be build here in NYC but, can't have it all. im sure New york will someday get a 2000 footer. hopefully some time soon.

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    As jealous as i am of the towers their getting chicago as a city is nothing compared to new york as a city. Having seen chicago and lived in NY i can easily say NY is a a million times better than chicago

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    Those renderings show office building-type quality, something residentials in NY don't even aspire to. In NY, we mostly get thin, flimsy-looking, exposed floor plates.

    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    Amen, bro; our friend Kondylis sets the bar way too low in NYC. Or is it his masters who do that?
    Don't think we should put all the blame on Kondylis or any other architects for that matter. Many-a-times, they're just doing what they were asked to: keep designs cheap, simple and conservative. The results are usually just that, bland and boring.

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    We've had many high-quality residentials lately, though. The Helena, the Orion, the Friar's Tower...I think that things are looking up.

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    You're missing a few other talls.

    One Museum Park, 62 floors 720 ft


    29-39 South LaSalle 51 floors, 870 ft

    Mandarin Oriental 90 floors, 887 ft (?)

    300 North LaSalle 60 floors, 775 ft


    Cityfront Plaza Tower III 65 floors, 700+ ft

    Fourth Presbyterian Church Condo 64 floors, 745 ft


    65 East Huron 64 floors, 730 ft


    The Elysian 60 floors, 661 ft - over 700+ ft

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    wow. all of this makes me feel thats NYC is getting behind on skyscraper building

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    A few updates:

    29-39 S. LaSalle (Hopefully will fail)
    870 ft, 51 floors



    Mandarin Oriental Chicago
    930 ft, 69 floors



    Aqua
    823 ft, 83 floors



    351 North Clark
    631 ft, 42 floors



    One Museum Park West
    620 ft (currently), 54 floors


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    Aqua is amazing. Not sure it'll be good for the townscape, however.

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    Here are a few other highrises which are now under construction here in Chicago.

    And what makes nyone think that Chicagoans don't like balconies? The majority of the residential highrises under construction now have balconies.

    Trump Tower Chicago


    Waterview Tower


    600 North Lake Shore Drive


    600 North Fairanks


    MoMo/Joffrey Tower


    30 West Oak


    Every building pictured above is in one stage or another of construction.

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    Two interesting towers

    18th-Prairie Towers


    I also like Silver Tower


    And 3660 LSD

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    Damn you Chicago for having somewhat decent architecture! What enables it? Lower land prices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz
    Damn you Chicago for having somewhat decent architecture! What enables it? Lower land prices?
    Lack of Community Boards full of political hacks and reactionaries.

    Well, that, and a much easier design and approval process.

    Well, that too, and a market where developers still have to do something a little better to be competetive.

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    Isn't Chicago more "skyscraper-friendly" because of less strict zoning laws than New York?

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz
    Damn you Chicago for having somewhat decent architecture! What enables it? Lower land prices?
    Perhaps. I don't really know the answer to your question, but take a look at Emporis. There was certainly a TON of garbage residential buildings from ~2000-2005. Chicago only got a few good residential buildings and some nifty office buildings out of that early boom. The height and quality now far exceed the expectations most of us had years ago.

    I also think a lot of people have the wrong idea about Chicago. There are plenty of NIMBYs out there, it is just that the city doesn't pay any attention to them when buildings are right on the river or already dense areas. But NIMBYs have certainly killed off a few talls, a few 30 story buildings, and have downzoned entire areas where high density would make sense in future with transportation expansions.

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