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  1. Shit, I thought I was still in the same argument as before with Cincy513. All these Cincy names are confusing me... My bad cincydave.
  2. Yes, looks are debatable. But you're using a straw-man argument. Most aren't as concerned with the aesthetics of the design as they are with the way the design interfaces in the urban context. This is not at all a debatable or subjective issue. There are huge bodies of OBJECTIVE research and case studies that outline what does and doesn't work in urban design. Architecture is a meeting of art and science. While many of the artistic aspects are subjective, the science and research are not. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_planning_journals The list linked above are all peer-reviewed journals. Feel free to hit up the public library and check some out. Then decide for yourself if all of urban design is subjective or debatable.
  3. This is a ludicrous argument. The way the inside looks doesn't affect the urban environment. Your argument is basically the same as the brutalist architects from decades ago that destroyed streetscapes with massive stark, blank walls. Beyond just that, the majority of people that see this thing from the outside are NEVER stepping foot inside. Do you think that the residents of West End that live in poverty are really attending FCC games? They have to deal with the adverse urban effects of this poorly designed stadium, but get none of the benefits that you've described. I'll also add that the design of the stadium piece is nice as an object in my opinion. I like the way the fins break up the mass and make it appear light, while still holding the form of the overall massing. That being said, it really is only nice as an object or sculpture, not as a piece of urban design being integral to the overall health of the community. The amount of asphalt, open areas, and surface lots are appalling. Coupled with the fact that it still looks like a spaceship landed in a place it clearly doesn't belong, I don't see how anyone can ignore the poor design of the stadium. Some forumers seem satisfied that entities are finally developing big projects in the area, but that isn't all that matters. You can still have good design that will positively impact the urban environment. You don't have to choose between one or the other...
  4. It's definitely not the coolest use for the building, but it will still add life to that area of downtown. Should be pretty full most of the time and care was taken to put lively, public-use areas along the street. I personally wish more hotel developers were willing to take on the role of landlord and have better ground-floor programming like a co-working space, Holtman's Donuts, Coffee Emporium, etc. Ingalls will have 126 keys. But I'm of the opinion that it's a much more sustainable model to have multiple, smaller hotels rather than putting all the eggs in one basket. And it has the added bonus of restoring historic buildings, like others have mentioned. I'd much rather see all the beautiful, vacant buildings be filled up and restored before I see more new construction happen. If I'm not mistaken, the supply wasn't enough for demand a couple years back, but it's catching up now. My guess is it levels out when all the new hotel projects are completed in the next year or two (Ingalls, Lytle Park, Moxy at Main & 3rd, Traction, Towneplace at 7th & Race, etc).
  5. I'm sure next they're going to propose pedestrian bridges to "connect" the 2 sides of the district they've bisected with the massive interstate that is MLK. Also, does anyone know what's going on with the SW quadrant of the intersection? I worked on a plan for that corner of the district awhile back for a developer, but someone else is developing it now supposedly. The site plan and building footprint still look very similar to what I worked on though...
  6. This is actually super exciting to me. I LOVED getting bougatsa every morning while in Greece. I wonder if they will use the cream-based Thessaloniki style or the mizithra-based Cretan style... Bridges Ethipoian will be on Court Street and Gomez Salsa is in OTR (more authentic than Bakersfield by far) and I believe Eckerlin has goetta. But I agree there's still a lot of missing pieces. Probably driven by the high rent prices that these types of businesses can't afford.
  7. While there may be aesthetic choices that are subjective to architecture, there are many aspects that are not. For example, if the curved glass facade of a building acts a magnifying glass and literally burns people below, that is objectively bad. The architect and their team clearly screwed up. Additionally, architecture is not an art, it is also scientific and mathematic. The sun example given above is not an issue of subjective artistry, but an issue of scientific response to the environment. Critiquing architecture can be entirely subjective at times, but there are many cases in which a design just utterly falls flat in an objective manner.
  8. Okay... Even if this is the case, I'm still not seeing how this applies to OTR as a successful, sustainable mixed-use district.
  9. "...the newest hub for art, culture, food, and experience." They clearly have not spent any time in front of the Jobs & Family Services building
  10. They have done some interior demolition. Hauled off a whole dumpster full last week. But yes, nothing going on yet in the way of new construction.
  11. A few months ago, there was an article saying it was planned to open summer 2019.
  12. Snapped some photos the other night of the new BrewDog going in at Reading and Lockport. The architects are DKB out of Columbus. The space definitely has potential to be really nice.
  13. Not too bad if you are talking the rental price. At 600 SF they would be 1,020/month. Wow that's much worse than anything I imagined. Hope the pedestrian is okay. Still makes me think Body Snatcher will be closed for good.
  14. This is great news. That building has huge potential and I'm glad it's getting a good mixed-use program. Any idea of the price point on the residential? But the wine bar/coffee shop piece is yet another reason we should oppose the plan to make Auburn less pedestrian friendly. I also saw that Body Snatcher had part of its roof caved in the other day. Not sure if this was damage from nature or intentional demolition, but I don't see them recovering from it. I would guess the building is likely being demolished either way.
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