tamtagon wrote:The recent rendering of Harwood Dallas' pending hotel project showed nice creative architecture. But this land really needs to become something interesting to look at from a Downtown highrise.
That's exactly what this area doesn't need. No flashy buildings or LEDs or glass boxes. Not here. Plus it would be awkward as hell, there's section 8 housing across the street on Colorado and Marsalis.
What you need is just solid urban design.
I said interesting, not necessarily a gleaming glass box all tarted up with year 'round holiday lights.... I wouldn't necessarily try to recreate the past either. Specifically what's interesting to me -- and might even go so far as to have municipal guidelines -- self sustaining "green" highrises within the strong solid urban design, intensely pedestrian oriented.
Things from the past to resurrect are entirely weather related. Look at the original downtown street grid. The angle is on purpose with south facing corners so the building heat less in the summer and warm better in the winter.... combine that with vertical gardens, roof top lawns, solar and wind electricity generation....
googling green sustainable architecture, these images are kinda what I had in mind:
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