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Aiw
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Post Number: 5187
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 64.228.193.206
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 11:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Happy boxing Day! P.D.J.
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Detroitwonk
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Post Number: 68
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 68.41.207.52
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 1:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I actually kind of like the new Kennedy Square building...it isn't trying to be something its not. I know its not 1920's skyscrapers...but no buildings are being built as 1920's skyscrapers anymore. It's sad...but really, I'm just glad that Redico decided to even build the building downtown! :-)
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Detroitwonk
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Post Number: 69
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Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 1:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a pretty good night time photo of the building here:

http://raywert.blogspot.com/20 05/12/downtown-detroits-one-ke nnedy-square.html
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Psip
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Post Number: 710
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 2:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With that pointy thingy on the roof, it looks like a Best Buy store.
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Rbdetsport
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Post Number: 45
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 68.60.133.115
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 3:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yea, but to me this building is better than a grass lot.
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 2910
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 192.220.139.20
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 4:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Easy Andrew. Don't judge a building before it is even open. Wait, when the Canadian trees in front arrive, it will look nicer than anything in Windsor.
Detroit is rising again.

You love ruins. So give us pictures of ruins.
Seeing a crane downtown is such a pleasant site.

jjaba.
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Ray1936
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Username: Ray1936

Post Number: 157
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 207.200.116.134
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 5:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any time in the future that I ever pass that site again, all I'll see is the old City Hall. I was there on the nights they tore it down (was in 1960?) and remember the wrecking ball hitting the top floors, with tons of papers, previously hidden in some unknown closet, fluttering all over Woodward and adjacent streets.

Another kick to myself for not having a camera with me back then.

That said, it IS good to see construction downtown anytime.
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2860
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Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 6:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I don't think it's horrible, but it looks out of place, and there is very little about it that distinguishes it from a building you may find in Southfield or Troy. When you're building in the context of a city center, you should try and complement and add to the area around it. Compuware did a fairly good job of fitting into its surroundings. Kennedy Square looks like it defys the space around it. I mean, they could have found some way to put a little masonry around the base, or SOMETHING to make it fit into the area.
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Everyman
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Post Number: 16
Registered: 11-2005
Posted From: 24.136.14.239
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 6:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think a mixture of building types/styles is nice because it gives a city a more organic feel, and you can often see a progression between architectural styles. One thing that kind of turns me off to newer buildings like Comerica Tower and that building by Jefferson and Shelby is the way they seek to blend in so much with the surroundings.

Even the nasty (to me) black Miesian boxes serve a purpose in a city, since they provide visual and architectural contrast.
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Psip
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Post Number: 712
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 69.246.13.131
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 7:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

BEst Buy
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Ray1936
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Username: Ray1936

Post Number: 159
Registered: 01-2005
Posted From: 207.200.116.134
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 7:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good one, Psip. :-) :-) :-)
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Eric
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Post Number: 270
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 69.136.144.196
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 8:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like it even though it's a little bland I like the contranst it provides it better than faux hisotric building that doesn't stand out. Really for a small office building it's on par with what's being built in any other major city
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Dougw
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Post Number: 925
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 70.145.43.248
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 9:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm happy to see new class A building space go up in the CBD. That said, IMO it is definitely a net minus to the overall feel of Campus Martius, for the reasons LMich stated. The contrast in materials is just too great, plus it's extremely bland. Oh well. (And I like good modern & post-modern architecture... 1 Woodward Place, Lafayette Place & the VA Hospital are all great buildings.)
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 2861
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Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Monday, December 26, 2005 - 10:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, it's not impossible to build a good all-glass building, and make it fit into Campus Martius, though, like I said I would prefer some type of light masonry work at the base (i.e. think Towne Square in Southfield, but better). I would have just liked the architects to have distinguished this a bit from your typical suburban office-park building. A little, anemic spire, and a "swoosh" at the roof is a weak attempt.

With all of that said, I think it could have been FAR worse. I just hope that Redico demands more of the Woodward Block which they are currently searching for proposals for. Whatever goes there has to create a similar "canyon" field like Hudson's did, even if it will be smaller. It has to be able to fill the whole block.

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