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Monday’s Must Reads

by UrbanTurf Staff

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  • Redefining the starter home. — (Mansion)
  • When a home sale isn’t a done deal. — (NYT)
  • The first kayak rental on the Anacostia, in Navy Yard, opened this weekend. — (The Hill is Home)
  • Is a Whole Foods coming to Brookland? — (PoPville)
  • NYC apartment buildings continue to raise the bar. — (FastCoDesign)
  • The return of ARMs — (WaPo)

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/mondays_must_reads1227/7347

6 Comments

  1. h st ll said at 8:12 am on Monday July 22, 2013:

    I was wondering when ya’ll were going to feature that Hadid building. OMG! I love it. Also, the OMA building in Santa Monica is insane. See here:
    http://www.dezeen.com/2013/07/19/oma-selected-for-downtown-santa-monica-project/

    I like their submission for the Miami Convention Center (which just won) also. We need some architecture like this badly…

  1. Eric G said at 10:23 am on Monday July 22, 2013:

    h st ll, when you say that we need Zaha..esk architecture in DC, do you mean to say we need anti-contextual mash-ups that are nothing more than masturbatory exercises in parametric modeling?  I’ve been in firms that have embraced the new order of contemporary architecture, and it is a saddening sight to see young architects forgo time tested methods of design development in favor of cheap and soulless algorithmic designs.  The scale of Zaha’s work can be oppressive in an urban situ, and the slicked back ensembles of a prototypical Zaha project would fit into the DC context as well as Lamborghini parked in a junk yard.

    Please, unless DC undergoes a rapid overhaul of the existing building stock, let us not travel down the Zaha path.  In fact, let’s not do it anyways…

  1. h st ll said at 11:05 am on Monday July 22, 2013:

    That’s cool, I disagree obviously, but taste is very individual. But please, point to new construction in the city (or the burbs) that you like.

    Now, don’t get me wrong - I am not one who thinks all DC architecture sucks. But we do deserve some beautiful higher end buildings. I think part of the problem is that while values have increased in DC, we don’t have the super high end like NYC/SF/LA, and are median values are much lower as well.

  1. Eric said at 5:00 pm on Monday July 22, 2013:

    Robert M. Gurney - Lorber Tarler Residence
    David Jameson - Barcode House
    Bonstra Haresign - The Tapies & Q14
    Kube - Forest House
    Division 1 - The Lacey
    KGB Studio - Union Station Bicycle Transit Center

    ...to name a few.

    ...and you are right that we deserve beautiful high end buildings in DC, but I don’t believe that flocking to the latest and greatest starchitect is indicative of good taste in architecture.  To say that you like the architecture of Zaha Hadid, OMA, BIG, etc. is to say that you like the music of Justin Beiber and Rhinanna.  Inward focused contemporary architects operate in the present, and subsequently their less than timeless projects could be compared to the trite songs of pop musicians.

  1. h st ll said at 6:42 am on Tuesday July 23, 2013:

    Those are all nice projects (some are beautiful, some only very nice) but really made my point - they are all smaller projects. Individual houses or relatively smaller buildings, and nothing THAT exciting to me. But all very nice, I agree. I’m not even sure why you so hate the ones I listed if you like the kinda projects you posted. And comparing Hadid and OMA to Justin B and Rianna is absolutely ridiculous.

    BTW your criticism is literally the first I’ve seen online or IRL of that Hadid project and the OMA ones I was talking about. They have received extremely positive receptions from very discerning persons.

  1. Eric said at 2:56 pm on Tuesday July 23, 2013:

    Well the fact that those buildings excite you says a lot about you…

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