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I like it, too. And I'm not a huge fan of brutalism.

The library, in my uniformed opionion, is brutalism-lite. I don't know what kind of material was used, but it looks enough like natural stone to make it a little more fluid and less harsh than a lot of brutalist buildings.

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Orlando's digital moves

By fall, the city expects a motion-capture soundstage to be located downtown.

Chris Cobbs {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 13, 2007

In the 2004 movie The Polar Express, computerized special effects created by a Los Angeles-based company transformed actor Tom Hanks into a group of digitally rendered fictitious characters.

Using advanced digital cameras to record Hanks' movements in a process called "motion capture," computers then generated a series of animated, 3D movie characters, including an old man, a train conductor and a small child.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/or...iness-headlines

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Agreed. That is one of my favorite buildings downtown.

Personally, when I go on vacation to a new city, I always try to visit their main library. Orlando has a good library even compared to larger cities.

The outside looks like a museum, modern art museum at that. It is unique and in a good way.

I think the knock of the Library is the fact that you have that parking garage dwarfing it across the street on Central. Then, you have all the homeless. It is a cool bldg. Maybe the City should beautify (yeah right) the Library parking garage and face it with brick or something, then, it won't detract from the library.

Also, that AT&T bldg. seems kind of ugly to an extent and borders the other side of it. It's sandwiched by unsightly neighbors. THe History Centor and Lake Eola are its only saving graces.

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I like it, too. And I'm not a huge fan of brutalism.

The library, in my uniformed opionion, is brutalism-lite. I don't know what kind of material was used, but it looks enough like natural stone to make it a little more fluid and less harsh than a lot of brutalist buildings.

It's just poured concrete. They used forms with wooden slats offset at different depths to get that staggered surface effect. As they would go up a level, they just re-used the same form that had been used directly below it. I think you can even see the horizontal seams.

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The DC Metro System is one of the best examples of brutalism. I can't seem to get any images because is says dynamic pages in the %7Boption%7D tags are not allowed. Sunshine, Help!

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I am not sure if anyone has posted this anywhere, but there is an interesting and lengthy article about the development and symbolism of Orlando in the March 2007 edition of National Geographic Magazine. I just picked it up today and thought it was a good read.

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The DC Metro System is one of the best examples of brutalism. I can't seem to get any images because is says dynamic pages in the metro.jpg

Yes, it is stunning!

Brutalism failed not because it was an "ugly" style, but because it peaked during urban renewal. However there are plenty of examples where a brutalist building is in context with it's surroundings (thus an architectural success) whether it is liked by general consensus or not!

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I am not sure if anyone has posted this anywhere, but there is an interesting and lengthy article about the development and symbolism of Orlando in the March 2007 edition of National Geographic Magazine. I just picked it up today and thought it was a good read.

yes, it's already been hashed out 3-4 weeks ago on multiple forums.

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wow. there's a new WalMart at 415 & Howland Blvd? Geez. Like the one off of Saxon wasn't enough? I had no clue they were building that store. I should update my list...

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Wal-Mart delights Deltona

Eager shoppers at the city's first supercenter expect to save driving time and money.

Rebecca Mahoney {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 15, 2007

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/...-home-headlines

That article makes me weep for the future. I can't believe people are still getting that worked up over a wal-mart.

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That article makes me weep for the future. I can't believe people are still getting that worked up over a wal-mart.

It's all relative. We cheer for our Ikea and Macy's...Deltona cheers for its Wal-Mart...

Edited by uncreativeusername

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Lake Eola project may sprout hotel rooms

Initially a 31-story condo tower, The Cristal will now be a mix of condo units and a hotel.

Jack Snyder

Sentinel Staff Writer

March 21, 2007

Developer Mark Kinchla is convinced the window has closed on big condominium projects in downtown Orlando.

"I don't believe you're going to see 200- to 300-unit projects any time soon," he said Tuesday. "You need smaller projects with a unique appeal to make things work these days."

That's why Kinchla and his partners, Concorde Eastridge Inc. of Washington, D.C., are drastically modifying their proposal for 170 E. Washington St., overlooking Lake Eola.

First planned as a 31-story, 187-condo tower, the project has been changed to a 240-room hotel with 55 condominiums on the top floors.

The tower, called The Cristal, would be built on the southwest corner of Washington and Rosalind Avenue. The property, which now has a small office building on it, is across the street from Lake Eola between St. George Greek Orthodox Church and The Metropolitan at Lake Eola condominiums.

Read more here....

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom...rowth-headlines

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Orange OKs big-box rules; residents stew

David Damron {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 21, 2007

Orange County commissioners on Tuesday adopted new rules for big-box stores designed to make them better-looking and safer. But they watered down required buffers for homes and schools.

The result angered residents and activists, but it might have prevented a threatened lengthy legal challenge by retailers.

And while the fight prompted Wal-Mart to drop plans for a proposed supercenter at John Young and Central Florida parkways as a concession, Orange County commissioners still rejected the toughest proposals that came from the task force, critics said.

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Other, less-controversial, new requirements include:

Install shopping-cart-retention plans to keep carts on the lot.

Erect 8-foot-high walls between stores and residences, and preserve more unpaved areas around stores.

Storefronts must look like multiple retail outlets, and each one must install additional windows on the street side.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/...-home-headlines

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WrestleMania is coming to Orlando

Lynn Hoppes {sodEmoji.|} Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted March 20, 2007

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-...mostemailedlink

Oh my God. The author called Orlando a "World Class City."

Lake Eola project may sprout hotel rooms

Initially a 31-story condo tower, The Cristal will now be a mix of condo units and a hotel.

Jack Snyder

Sentinel Staff Writer

March 21, 2007

Developer Mark Kinchla is convinced the window has closed on big condominium projects in downtown Orlando.

"I don't believe you're going to see 200- to 300-unit projects any time soon," he said Tuesday. "You need smaller projects with a unique appeal to make things work these days."

That's why Kinchla and his partners, Concorde Eastridge Inc. of Washington, D.C., are drastically modifying their proposal for 170 E. Washington St., overlooking Lake Eola.

First planned as a 31-story, 187-condo tower, the project has been changed to a 240-room hotel with 55 condominiums on the top floors.

The tower, called The Cristal, would be built on the southwest corner of Washington and Rosalind Avenue. The property, which now has a small office building on it, is across the street from Lake Eola between St. George Greek Orthodox Church and The Metropolitan at Lake Eola condominiums.

Read more here....

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom...rowth-headlines

this is exciting news. another project which is morphing with the times... keep 'em coming. I know their title agent; I'll be in a good position to keep apprised of its status in the future.

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another project which is morphing with the times... keep 'em coming. I know their title agent; I'll be in a good position to keep apprised of its status in the future.

Please do keep us in the loop. I am exceptionally interested in purchasing a condo here. I lived in a Condo on top of a hotel in Daytona Beach Shores for a short while and it was great (getting to use the "hotel features" for little or NO extra HOA fees). Well it was great until I realized I was in Daytona Beach Shores! :silly:

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Please do keep us in the loop. I am exceptionally interested in purchasing a condo here. I lived in a Condo on top of a hotel in Daytona Beach Shores for a short while and it was great (getting to use the "hotel features" for little or NO extra HOA fees). Well it was great until I realized I was in Daytona Beach Shores! :silly:

sorry, I made a mistake. wrong Lake Eve development. my bad. however, I'll post info about the other one in the attractions thread.

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Lake Eola project may sprout hotel rooms

Initially a 31-story condo tower, The Cristal will now be a mix of condo units and a hotel.

Jack Snyder

Sentinel Staff Writer

March 21, 2007

Developer Mark Kinchla is convinced the window has closed on big condominium projects in downtown Orlando.

"I don't believe you're going to see 200- to 300-unit projects any time soon," he said Tuesday. "You need smaller projects with a unique appeal to make things work these days."

That's why Kinchla and his partners, Concorde Eastridge Inc. of Washington, D.C., are drastically modifying their proposal for 170 E. Washington St., overlooking Lake Eola.

First planned as a 31-story, 187-condo tower, the project has been changed to a 240-room hotel with 55 condominiums on the top floors.

The tower, called The Cristal, would be built on the southwest corner of Washington and Rosalind Avenue. The property, which now has a small office building on it, is across the street from Lake Eola between St. George Greek Orthodox Church and The Metropolitan at Lake Eola condominiums.

Read more here....

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom...rowth-headlines

They are going to spend millions on this building named after a (misspelled) ghetto-liquor? Is the Alize going in across the street?

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