Originally Posted by CyberEric
I am one part excited about all of the development, and one part worried about some errors that we'll look back on in 30 years and say, "What were we thinking?"
But, like all architecture, it deserves its place in time and will be a time capsule of how we, as civic, American, and world citizens, represented ourselves, ideals, and philosophies.
The late 1800s and early 1900s are viewed as eras of grandiosity, art, symmetry, poetic flow, and of generations proud of leaving a great legacy to their descendants.
Ever since WWII, and the ensuing economic boom, life has been about getting stuff done as cheaply and as obnoxiously as possible, while spitting on everybody that might get in the way. Imagine if the entire city were built with the current crop of architecture, and that of the 1970s, when it was founded and built out. Do you think it would be as important, as respected, as glorified, as international? Are postcards made of the post WW2 construction in the Sunset? Do you think tourists will come to Mission Bay to check out the buildings and parks? Are they? It saddens me that my generation will not leave much to be desired and to provoke fantasy and inspiration.
Not to say that I dislike all modern design. Skyscrapers, particularly modern ones, are some of my favorite buildings. They reimagine what it is like to dream, to create wonder, awe, symmetry. I'll take a well built skyscraper over a Victorian row house anyday. There are a few buildings in this city that I passionately dislike. The Holiday Inn/Hilton across from the Transamerica Pyramid is one of them. But does it make a cityscape more interesting to provoke feelings of intensity and passion, whether they be good or bad, than those of "meh, whatever," that we have become accustomed to in the past 30 years? I think so, so in that respect, I admire the Holiday Inn over anything in Mission Bay.
The recladding on 100 VN looks very trendy to me. Although, I must say, the current design is rather "meh, whatever."