Originally Posted by denizen467
Superstitious about 13 ?
Look buddy. They're building crap and they're gonna make a killing on their investment and that's all they care about. Do you think this developer really cares that his building is fake or cheap or a false representation of a legitimate classic style. No way! All these guys care about is their bottom line and that's what they'll tell you coming out of the board room. Math is very simple and architecture doesn't always enter the conversation of math, balance sheets, budgets, and profits.
It's a damned world we live in and we no longer live in 1880 or 1920. So, if they are building crap in our cities, there's a calculated reason for that. It's the most profitable way the investors have come up with of making their profit, a return on their investment. Rare is it in this day and age that you can get a developer to build a masterpiece, an architectural marvel. That can take hoards of money and an enormous amount of refined and good taste.
Well, and given that we're humans and we can't agree on what good taste is, you'll never really get enough like-minded people to agree on what a beautiful structure looks like. But, if you ask most people, they will tell you Haussmanian architecture in Paris, Beaux-Arts buildings in New York and the John Hancock building in Chicago are beautiful
All I know is history repeats itself and we are due for a true renaissance God willing