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I feel like they made the designs a lot less interesting overall. They also cut the tallest building as expected, but it was only by 9' (from 342' to 333') so they're still trying to get some height here! But overall, other than adding more housing, I don't really see why this would be preferred over the 1st iteration.
 

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I feel like they made the designs a lot less interesting overall. They also cut the tallest building as expected, but it was only by 9' (from 342' to 333') so they're still trying to get some height here! But overall, other than adding more housing, I don't really see why this would be preferred over the 1st iteration.
I think this is a work in progress. They didn't have nearly as many renderings as they did for the first version.

It's an improvement because there are more buildings arranged in a more urban pattern. I agree that open space should be going down not up, though.
 

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It struck me right away that the revised designs don't feature any real custom steel, the kind that's experiencing significant and costly delays. Boxes get built faster and cheaper I'd guess.
 

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They need to properly fill out that corner at Pilgrim and Brookline. Forget the little office building style lawns and do a double row of trees down along Brookline with a continuous streetwall. Tall glass boxes and a wide street is a tough one.
 

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I like the boxier massing and division into two rows of buildings with the implication of a street in between. I am concerned there's a lack of human scale on Brookline Ave - they should do a small podium with a setback at the third story at the very least. If it was me I would put the larger buildings in back. Also, I would do the park at one of the corners, facing the riverway or Longwood Ave. This way it will get a little sunlight and feel more public. The park as placed seems like it will be dark and windy 90% of the time and not feel public.
 
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I think this is a work in progress. They didn't have nearly as many renderings as they did for the first version.

It's an improvement because there are more buildings arranged in a more urban pattern. I agree that open space should be going down not up, though.
Overall, the massing and positioning of the buildings is much better. Even though they slightly increased open space, it's better hidden from the Brookline Ave. street wall. This is vastly more pro-urban and pro-pedestrian.
 

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What is the status of Simmons constructing its new residential tower on its main campus?
 

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It would help their case if they showed the Center for Life Science at the correct height which is almost 350', and slightly taller than the tallest proposed here.
 

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