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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    FYI, there are no patients here to “prevent from walking away”. All patients here are here voluntarily; there’s a clinic, a homeless shelter, and a couple group homes. The inpatient units have been gone for decades. There were a number of suicides and attempted suicides from various heights...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    ...I guess I’m just gonna be the broken record every time I hear this. You are mixing arguments here: the “execution” has as much to do with the overall urban design of this area as it does with the building. The “product” that you’re referring to is not the building, but the building + the...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    I don’t like the Chardon Street façade at all. But, the courthouse partly also suffers from the same planning catastrophes as the entire area... especially the intersection of Merrimac/Congress/Chardon. There’s more than enough room in that intersection to make a nice little park right in...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    See, that is what I take issue with. That was clearly not the intent of the architect, which is why there's tons of seating literally ringing the entire building, and a huge plaza in the middle of it. Those were not built for show; they are there because people were supposed to be there...
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    Ode to Brutalism

    Wow: so look at all the architects who were invited to submit proposals for this: http://www.firstchurchbostonhistory.org/factsheet.html Does anyone know if the other proposals are accessible anywhere?
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    This is all about height. The difference between walking alongside a 3 foot wall vs a 6 foot wall vs a 40 foot wall need no further explanation. If the sidewalk itself was activated by adding trees — and, especially by widening it even more to make this stretch of sidewalk it's own "thing" and...
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    Paul Rudolph's Government Services Center

    It also has benches and places to sit. It could be made much more hospitable, but there are places to pause and sit. In contrast to City Hall plaza, which has nobody stationary because there’s no place to stop, there are a handful of people right this very moment hanging out in this plaza.
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    What this picture needs is less cars, and more pedestrians and more trees. Yes, there are creative ways to rethink this. But you cannot actually contend that there’s literally nothing that could be done that could seriously improve this... that’s what design is all about. It may not be as...
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    Paul Rudolph's Government Services Center

    Now that anyone can upload pics, I’ll periodically add a lot more since I spend lots of time walking around this building. The first two are from this morning, the detail is from last week. Regarding the photo of the plaza, I had posted a little ways up thread about the now-closed staircase...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    8am today Powerwash that concrete, and replace the glass. Lots that could be done here.
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    Reconstruction of State Street Plan

    Spent years of childhood visiting the Old North Bridge, which is a beautiful park, and never knew about Battle Road until I discovered it by accident this past summer. It's amazing. Highly recommend doing it on bike, which is what I did (we happened to have bikes with us for another ride, but...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    No inpatient units here for many years... but the good news is they’ve cleared out plenty of patients and filled in the space with offices for DMH bureaucrats... let’s not forget who DMH actually exists for. Aside from that, there are a couple DMH homeless shelters here, some group homes, and...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    I don't think that's true. What I am hearing is mostly a lot of people who just don't like this building, but who are mixing arguments and saying that it's the bad effect on urban planning/experience that's the real reason this needs to go. If you hate the building, fine. That in and of...
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    North Washington St Bridge

    Sadly true. Since this is a heavily used corridor for pedestrians, I think they should consider an alternative to keep people warm as they cross the Charles between Boston and Charlestown. I am including my own proposal below:
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    I cannot speak for Van or who he was specifically designating with the moniker. I can say I was surprised at your reaction, given your participation on this forum, but taste is taste. That being said, aB was not, and I goddam hope it is not becoming, a forum that simply caters to majority...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    This is helpful, I’ve been wondering for so many years what my problem is, and have sought thoughtful debate and thorough exploration of issues to come to final conclusions. But I guess it’s really quite simple; I just don’t know good architecture.
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    This building has its own thread under “design a better Boston“, and has been discussed for years. I’m sure you’re familiar with it since you’ve been here a while... but... There’s plenty of room between “tear it down” and “it’s perfect in every way”. While it’s sad that we all, if we have a...
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    Hurley Building Redevelopment | 19 Staniford St | West End

    Just seeing this now. Horrible news, completely unexpected, and then to scroll down and see all of the reactions… Sad. This is no longer an architecture forum.
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    A. O. Flats | Parcel U | Jamaica Plain

    I think the whole fixation on names is bullshit, anyway... only in this day and age are people so hung up on boundaries of things as inconsequential as neighborhoods... half a century ago, yes, there were neighborhoods that were defined mainly by the people who lived in them, but it wasn't a...

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