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In Topic: TCC coming to Downtown

09 August 2008 - 09:38 PM

QUOTE (Atomic Glee @ Aug 9 2008, 06:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So, the pit (which will no longer be accessible from the street easily) gets glass, while the streetscape gets concrete slabs.


Case in point, the structure ends up not functioning correctly because important design elements were eliminated. Because a few short sighted individuals decided they looked "ghastly" and "atrocious" and whatever other "quaint" pejoratives you can think of. And because its also better to exact revenge on the people who screwed up this building rather than make sure it lives up to its potential. Talk about insulting the "public realm"...

I had a longer response lined up, but why bother. By liking this building I've obviously expressed my hatred for humanity, beauty and every other style of architecture known to exist, and you know what...it's kind of fun playing devil's advocate. Kevin, this evil modernist will still love your site and appreciate everything you're trying to do for this town, even if you do manage to constantly insult the profession he's decided to devote his life to. wink.gif

In Topic: Summer Creek Station

09 August 2008 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE (Prairie Pup @ Aug 9 2008, 01:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seems a waste of opportunity to build a "suburban" development around a transit station in this area and at this time.

Quite true, however, I'm amazed the developers are even throwing around the term "TOD" for this station considering it's a commuter rail station. Commuter rail has never been known to be conducive to TOD - the trains come too infrequently and are often not connected to as many other stations as they would be in other forms of rail transit. Commuter rail is still a great asset, and Fort Worth should pursue it aggressively, but sometimes I wonder if it isn't the city wasting an opportunity by only considering commuter rail and the streetcar, and nothing in between. I know light rail is expensive, but you have to admit - it sure has worked well for TOD in Dallas (and countless other cities), while commuter rail can hardly compare.

In Topic: TCC coming to Downtown

07 August 2008 - 06:24 PM

QUOTE (dustin @ Aug 7 2008, 03:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
edit: after a moment of consideration, I dont think that this can be called structural expressionism, however i still like it.

I agree - I think it looks like an interesting place to start. Highly doubt the entire structure will be covered with concrete, but I can definitely see it taking on a Japanese inspired cleanliness and simplicity when it's all said and done (considering who the architect is, anyway.) Honestly, I think the facade of the Carnegie is more of a failure than this. Does it look like every other old (or wannabe-old) building in Fort Worth? No, and thank God it doesn't. How can a city be interesting with out some visual variety? Anyway, let's not be so quick to judge until we get closer to completion.

BTW dustin, I echo your concerns about it being only half built. If the design principle was truly a "bridge to the future," then whatever elements that get completed are going to feel grossly out of place. I know I've already said this, but it doesn't seem like anyone else cares. I wish more people who seem so keen to punish TCC for what it's done would take a moment and realize that in doing so we could end up punishing ourselves, too. Obviously I'm not suggesting TCC finish what they started, since they've already proven they can't handle it, but I think someone should. The people of this city deserve a beautiful, unique gateway to a vibrant river, not some half complete failure that people can use as an excuse to criticize everything Trinity Uptown stands for.

In Topic: Gas Drilling

01 August 2008 - 08:39 PM

Speaking of which, is this what's happening with houses in Westcliff? Noticed in the past few weeks 2 prominently located houses (one at carolyn/south/granbury and another at south hills/trail lake/alton) were torn down. What's the deal?

In Topic: Today's T-Storms

30 July 2008 - 05:10 PM