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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    I'm by no means fascinated by it, but it does have some nice, subtle details. It also has some low key mixtures of Art Moderne (street entrance) and the International Style (primary facades, vertical banding and fenestration patterns).
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    Bridgestone Arena: further development of property

    Most venues/franchises/universities report tickets sold, not people in seats.
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    Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    ^I was curious to see how tacky that deck would look so and go to their Facebook page and see where they painted the brick navy blue. It really looks stupid. BTW, thanks for continuously updating this thread, Mark.
  4. While the renderings are clumsy and cartoon looking (really no different that the half ass Sketchup renderings a lot of firms use - well maybe much worse), I think this could really turn out to be a nice project. I'm assuming each facade panel is an alternating tint of glazing; if those feature offset depths, we should get some nice facade depth and shadow lines. If this gets value engineered and those glazing panels turn into EIFS, this will look like trash. Just my opinion though. I'm excited to see updated renderings.
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    Nashville International Airport

    As someone who lived in Memphis for a while and did some design work on FedEx facilities at MEM, I'm always amazed at their operation there; it's quite impressive.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Are you saying it's comical that this is a historic district for the simple fact that it's a historic district, or comical due to the lack of strict guidelines that would prevent additions? I'm not being difficult, I just want to follow your post as you meant. As far as building collapses, there's probably additional structure that's added for some. Most of these historic buildings were over engineered anyways when originally constructed. The purpose of most historic districts and the office that enforces the historic design guidelines (and the commission that approved non-administrative requests) is to usher appropriate modifications and designs to historic structures, not deny them outright (occasionally there is a request that is denied, but that's not to say that with modifications to the design it wouldn't be approved). I agree that Lower Broadway (or w/e the local district's name is) has gone a bit overboard, but not due to the additions, the signage is what annoys me. The addition shown above isn't bad in it's form and massing - it's the window opening/door opening proportions that don't relate to the historic structure that make no sense.
  7. I'm taking this as pure sarcasm, because the Tower Life building here is one of the best pre-war skyscrapers in this country outside of NYC and Chicago. (I thought this before I moved to SA...ha!)
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    JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors

    I partially think the scaffolding might be there for location/installation of mechanical equipment on top of the existing concrete structure/mechanical penthouse and after installation it will be removed. I just can't think of a reason why additional steel and spandrel glass would be installed without a functioning purpose (just the boring, practical part of my mind thinking out loud). With that being said, I'm hoping that they are adding another level - this thing looks great and will look even better with an additional 15 to 20 feet in height.
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    Marriott Tri-Brand, 21 Stories, 486 Rooms, $137 million

    I'm starting to feel more comfortable about the the facade depth and fenestration patterns on this one; at least on the side facade shown in the last picture. The other facades are going to rely on cladding materials - let's hope it's not EIFS. Someone not as lazy as me care to look back to see what was specified?
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    JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors

    I wouldn't be surprised if they held that for future hotel space development; whether it's in 5 or 10 years.
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    Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    I don't understand the obsession with painting brick; it's trendy, tacky and not healthy for the masonry. HGTV and Pinterest strike again.
  12. I like this as well. I'm really excited to see a bit more information on materials and detailing of those materials. This adds to the already nice density that's formed almost overnight in the area.
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    Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    Yeah, it's a mess...I'm laughing trying to see what's going HGTV a style? There wasn't much architectural significance to the original structure, so thankfully not much at all will be lost when someone decides to tear this down in 5 to 10 years.
  14. Someone was trying to save him from more ill advised architectural decisions. That house is sad.
  15. Much of it was a cover up (or an act of ignoring) of needed maintenance. In the cases of commercial buildings, particularly the exteriors, it was an attempt to add more of a clean or modern look. Keep in mind many of these historic buildings are located in areas that had seen a downturn due to the creation of automobile suburbs and the interstate system. Mall, etc. removed the need to visit many of these buildings and this was an attempt to match the architecture found out in loop land. When folks found out that this didn't work, many closed their doors and the cheap cover up materials remained. Many are just now being removed after 50 to 60 or so years. Luckily, just like in the case of asbestos siding covering the original wood siding on historic houses built between 1910 and 1935ish, the non-original facade materials have sheltered and in many times, preserved the original materials. Asbestos, as harmful as it is to humans, has well preserved many historic houses original materials.