Originally Posted by patriotizzy
Why can't there be a standard for architecture? It seems like a lot of NYC developments are the ugliest, blandest, lamest designs any city gets these days. Just look at other cities around the world, they don't see tall boxes anymore. I get that it's a cheap development, but they can try to make something out of little they can afford.
Really? Look at Japanese, German, English and Canadian cities, and you will see plenty of tall boxes going up. China is mostly boxes, you just focus on the outrageous designs and dismiss the rest. Why should a developer build just for aesthetic reasons if he risks losing money in the process. A box makes sense in terms of efficiency and cost. There's no design board reviewing proposals in NYC for the most part that could dictate policy. This is a free market, and they build what makes financial sense first, aesthetics most likely are not as important as the bottom line in most cases.