Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bring Them Down?

In this weekend's New York Times, architecture critic Nicolai Ourousoff poses a bold suggestion: seven buildings he feels should be torn down. Titled "New York City, Tear Down These Walls", Ourousoff explains that beyond just aesthetic offenses, buildings like Trump Tower and Madison Square Garden/Penn Station made the grade due to a complete lack of relationship to their surroundings or because they negatively impacted important views. 

Which made me wonder, are there any buildings in Vancouver that deserve a similar review? Does the new Shangri-La protrude a bit too high on the city's skyline? Is there a certain commercial tower that's overly disconnected from it's surroundings? Does the Canada Post Office on Georgia Street fit the bill? I happen to like it, but that's a different story.

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