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arkitekte last won the day on September 15 2015

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  1. It's all specific to architectural style (and in some cases, design overlays) and more recently (last 60 years or so), the development of glass curtain wall systems that can be installed on a concrete substructures. Most clients want floor to ceiling views rather than sized openings like what you'd find in Gothic Revival, Art Deco and even some International Style buildings, so glass curtain walls come into play again. Due to cost, expensive cast or cut stone cladding isn't used much to clad an entire facade for a skyscraper, so once again, glass curtain walls come into play. The problem is there's not much flexibility other than with mullion design and the color or tint of the glass, so that's why most generally look the same to a lot of folks. The "something new on the horizon" question would have had an answer of EIFS a few decades ago. I guess to answer your question, EIFS and glass curtain walls because that's what's most affordable for a lot of developers (and their future tenants)...essentially what we currently have.
  2. Lol...You live in Bartlett, don't you? I don't know if your post was sarcasm or not, but if it's that bad, then just move to Horn Lake or Marion.
  3. Many real estate listings as well as county appraisal sites have wildly inaccurate information (and continue to share that inaccurate information). Do either of you have access to old city directories or Sanborn Maps? Those will give a much better estimate. I've worked in / with historic preservation for a large portion of my career. If you want to send a few photos of the house or send me the address in a message, I can give you a decent guess based on materials, style, etc.
  4. I want to take the time to respond to the posts where I was quoted; however, I don't want to derail this thread anymore than I have. Some poor soul is getting tricked into thinking all of these posts are directly related to the development of this tower. We can resume in the coffee house, if y'all want. As always, thanks for the dialogue and for providing a different view or opinion.
  5. Please specially note where violence by law enforcement was used to enforce zoning regulations [I'm serious. I could have overlooked it.] That literally is exactly what I originally asked for.
  6. Not at all. I could prepare a response, but since you never gave an actual, documented example of violence by law enforcement being used to enforce building codes, a response to your original argument isn't warranted. You simply provided a hypothetical that never occurs.
  7. This is incorrect, but if you have examples, please provide them. Zoning codes are enforced by city planning staff, and then their legal offices. After that, the district attorney's office. If compliance still hasn't been met, the property owner is sued. The closest thing to the use of police force would be a local law enforcement office (sheriff) serving a warrant for failure to show at a trail hearing.
  8. Well, I was being partially sarcastic to the response that a church should move from the CBD given we constantly complain that there aren't other everyday or weekly things that people need if they live in the CBD. Or are you being sarcastic to my sarcasm?
  9. I guess that's assuming the thousands of people we want moving to downtown only want to eat at a non-chain restaurant and grocery shop, but not worship? Downtown churches do well places where people live downtown.
  10. I can really appreciate the elevator tower addition that's separate from the historic facade. Obviously, some type of cladding would have been good rather than only CMU.
  11. ^^^Was that in partnership with Novare Group? That rendering looks a lot like everything they developed between 2004 and 2008.
  12. I'd missing seeing this one in the news. Thanks for posting.
  13. It's primarily done for energy efficiency, maintenance (unit replacement) and as for individual unit climate control. Without those, you're going to wind up with people on the uppermost and lower floors either burning up or freezing and eventually (high heat months) the unit malfunctioning from running constantly.
  14. 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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