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Building Tops
Sep 3, 2018 14:20:35   #
mallen1330 Loc: Chicago western suburbs
 
As we drove along W Cermak Road (Cicero and Berwyn in Chicago), my daughter commented that the contrasting and disconcerting store fronts and buildings create a feeling of dissonance, lack of architectural harmony, and a lack of respect for their original design.

I suggested that she look at the tops of the buildings, above the contrasting signage, awnings, mangled storefronts.

Here's some examples (more to come as I have time to take more and avoid the traffic ...):


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Sep 3, 2018 15:03:42   #
rjaywallace Loc: Wisconsin
 
You make an interesting point, Michael.

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Sep 3, 2018 15:14:28   #
AndyH Loc: Massachusetts and New Hampshire
 
As a developer and urbanist, I find the destruction of first floor storefronts one of the ugliest aspects of today’s cities. Fortunately, many are being made more “period” and more uniform in buildings rehabbed with historic tax credits. National Park Service approval of facade work is one of the requirements. Most developers today wouldn’t think of allowing that H&R Block design on anything in their portfolios, and many cities wouldn’t permit it.

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Sep 4, 2018 07:37:09   #
Nosaj Loc: Florida
 
mallen1330 wrote:
As we drove along W Cermak Road (Cicero and Berwyn in Chicago), my daughter commented that the contrasting and disconcerting store fronts and buildings create a feeling of dissonance, lack of architectural harmony, and a lack of respect for their original design.

I suggested that she look at the tops of the buildings, above the contrasting signage, awnings, mangled storefronts.

Here's some examples (more to come as I have time to take more and avoid the traffic ...):

These are really nice shots. Great concept for photographers at all levels.

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Sep 27, 2019 20:26:56   #
Photocraig
 
Branding meets Architecture, taste and good design. As lucrative as branding can be, it is the lower order suit that must be preempted by the others.

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