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fucking christ, man.

Posted by konstantconsumer | March 1, 2007 12:56 PM
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Building blocks create beautiful cities and opportunities for collaboration; cars and toy houses don't inspire the spatial excersizes and interactions that are essential to the development of future math and social skills. They donít inspire anything really, except self-absorption. Toy trains are way more engaging than match box race cars, they require engineering and physics skills. Teach your children well and let them lead the way.

Posted by Morgan | March 1, 2007 12:57 PM
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Uh, isn't that an office tower, not an apartment building?

Also, 20x160,000 = 3,200,000 or more, since I know a lot of those are a lot more than 20, which means probably at least 3 times more multi-units than single-families.

Posted by Fnarf | March 1, 2007 1:14 PM
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I used to make futuristic buildings with my legos all the time.

But what's the problem with toy cars? I loved my toy cars!

Posted by monkey | March 1, 2007 1:26 PM
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I read that not as 160,000 buildings with 20 plus units, but as 160,000 units within buildings that contain 20 plus units. Which even if you take the lowest possible number of units has got to be less than 8000 buildings.

Posted by Andrew | March 1, 2007 1:32 PM
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Ah, you're right; my bad. I could swear there are more new buildings like that just in Ballard.

Posted by Fnarf | March 1, 2007 1:48 PM
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hmm. we *have* embraced Le Corbusier's modernism, by segregating where we live from where we work and shop. a fascination with his theories stopped multi-use development for years, and created housing sub-divisions and wide freeways that connect them to business districts that are alive only from 9-5.

Posted by ironymaiden | March 1, 2007 2:08 PM
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Yes. Le Corbusier's legacy is all over the globe, falling into disrepair faster than anyone would have thought and being torn down as rapidly as possible. The operative image here is an auditorium full of residents of the Robert Taylor Homes in St. Louis, chanting "Blow It Up! Blow It Up!". Which they did.

Posted by Fnarf | March 1, 2007 2:21 PM
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Mies van der Rohe was a fraud; the mis-use of technology has become the fatal disease of civilization.

Posted by Buster | March 1, 2007 4:13 PM
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Charles, I'm afraid all you've done here is prove that people who haven't raised kids no absolutely nothing about them.

Posted by Sean | March 1, 2007 5:06 PM
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Vancouver BC has opted for mass redevelopment using the tower. It has sucked the soul out of this city. People say Vancouver is great. There is nothing here that defines it as a great city, it is trying to be like other cities but mediocrity rules here because of the condo tower.
Take away the mountains and beaches and Vancouver is a very ugly city with not much to do except look at Graffiti that looks the same as any other cities Graffiti or go drink over priced booze with a thousand Paris Hilton wannabes with too much attitude. And if you want some interesting gay bar to go to it seems most are turning into sports bars with no creativity or coolness. Most of the cool stuff is gone, the history wiped clean so that no one knows what used to be. All because of massive condo tower developments and the losers that move into them and put white plastic lawn chairs on every balcony.
Give me an old house to move into any day.

Posted by -B- | March 1, 2007 5:43 PM
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BTW the Seagram Building (Mies van der Rohe) is an office building

Posted by -B- | March 1, 2007 5:45 PM
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And apparently, Sean, parents don't "no" how to spell.

Posted by Bryan | March 1, 2007 6:44 PM
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I'll take a concrete, steel and glass condo in Belltown over a rotting, overgrown, bungalow any day of the week. Mies rules.

Posted by ME | March 1, 2007 7:17 PM
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Bryan, that was a loe bleau.

Posted by Sean | March 1, 2007 7:27 PM
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I don't think you'd be so keen on scale if you had my upstairs neighbors here in Brooklyn. I would give a lot for my own home these days.

Posted by JMW | March 1, 2007 9:04 PM
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Fnarf -- Robert Taylor Homes were/are a Chicago housing project on the South Side not far from the University of Chicago. I'll concede that I don't know where there are also Robert Taylor Homes in St. Louis.

Posted by Jonathan | March 2, 2007 8:05 AM
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If someone wants a certain type of family life, the ideal is the house way out yonder. If they want their lil'robot kids to be a certain way, they can be that way. Regardless, there are pros and cons to both, I'd like a condo AND a sweet bungalow, for my split personalities. Call me Charles.

Posted by Najela | March 6, 2007 12:27 PM
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corb's dream/fantasy was never realized.

he pined for a city of massive mixed use towers that were massively spaced out, connected by cut + cover tunnels. the city would be dedicated to man and would be mostly green spaces or plazas, - the dust + particulates from traffic wouldn't affect the houses in the sky, as it were.

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