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    Nice to have a timetable, and hope it's for real. I was a bit disappointed in the number of residential units reported-- would like to see double that. But if there is an office space component on the site, too, then perhaps it makes more sense.

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    Kinda interesting that it will take 2+ years to complete the structure when the excavation and skeleton base are already completed, as those are usually the most time consuming part of the construction process. I'm not a structural engineer or architect, but it seems you can put up a 30 or 40 story building from the ground up in 2 years. What would have this timeline so drawn out? Any experts out there who can chime in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg19 View Post
    Kinda interesting that it will take 2+ years to complete the structure when the excavation and skeleton base are already completed, as those are usually the most time consuming part of the construction process. I'm not a structural engineer or architect, but it seems you can put up a 30 or 40 story building from the ground up in 2 years. What would have this timeline so drawn out? Any experts out there who can chime in?
    If the final architectural design is anything like the amorphous claptrap that was in the renderings, you'll need a good year to complete the structural design. An irregular, non-orthogonal geometry will complicate the engineering and construction by a significant degree. Remember--the incomplete structure needs to remain stable during all phases of construction, which is less of a challenge when you're using tried-and-true design and construction techniques. If temporary shoring and bracing is needed, construction duration will necessarily be lengthened.

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    I know what some of you mean about sculptural buildings sometimes being eyesores. I personally cannot find anything appealing, even as an intellectual exercise, in the dreadful works of Rem Koolhaas.

    But I do like Frank Gehry. Disney Hall and the Bilbao museum are meant to be stand-alone buildings and were never meant to blend in. I believe Bilbao is on a small island.

    Just look at how beautifully he integrates these two ultra-sculptural buildings into the tapestry of this old Swiss town in the image below. The scale here is not too overpowering, especially on the street to the right side of the image. The materials and colors appear to match. The sidewalk and streetscape are uninterrupted. I even love the playful march of windows in a slightly off-kilter manner around the curve. With that one curved street we see the past, present, and future of this town. His tenants often comment on just how functional his interiors turn out to be.

    And the locals have already taken to these structures. They fondly call them "Fred and Ginger".
    http://www.citybreakblog.co.uk/wp-co...014/10/fg3.jpg

    I think scale, material, and massing are what can make a building blend into a city, not so much style.

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    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/bus...roit/80944558/

    Hudson's site announcement/information delayed again until April; I don't mind because I think it will be worth it in the end. I just hope they break ground quickly after the announcement!!

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    I hope they name the building something iconic, like Karen or Jim or something.

    1953

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