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Old 06-26-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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If you want a vacation for architecture hit up the middle east; All the rage is there right now for experimental buildings and dream vacations to spend your entire time staring at stuff you cant afford (and neither can anyone else for that matter).

Warptman your post is very misleading with the suburbs picture. I can clearly see that in the 137th row back of those houses in section B-42 row five that there are two houses with an off white egg-shell coloring. Not all of the houses there just blend in with the opal inverse gray slate or obtuse hemingway pigment brick coloring.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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lol...
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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So, what was it about them lower 48?
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Yea, I don't think I'd live in a house that is the same as the people next door. Not even in....Kodiak?
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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That picture I took was on the coast guard base, military housing is literally clones. Once you get away from the base and into town there is all ranges from trailers to ranches with horses and 3 million dollar mansions on the water with their own helipad. I obviously didnt come out here either for the architecture but the large pay (the scenary is an added bonus).
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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I wonder how many people come to Alaska and actually pay attention to the buildings and houses? I figure they came to see glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. "What a crummy vacation, those buildings were sure ugly!"
When ever I go hiking, that's all I look for, houses, really nice houses, and nice buildings. I'll be damned though, I never seem to see any, all I ever see are all these big ugly mountains and such.

It's very disappointing.
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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In a place like Alaska one builds for function more than appearances. I'm a big fan of old architecture, lots of 19th and even 18th century homes here in New England...but, take one of those massive Victorians or even one of the old original colonial farmhouses (actually homesteads may be a better description, this place was frontier and wilderness back then...), drop it in Alaska...and you'll be freezing all winter, or broke trying to heat it (broke back from cutting wood, or broke budget from buying fuel). Not practical at all for an arctic or subarctic climate...heck they're not that practical here, I've lived most of my life in older houses here and heating them is not easy. Then add in all the other maintenance on elaborate houses...

And mcmansions, etc...give me a break, I think those are ugly. I'll take a tiny log cabin (which I think are quite nice architecturally) in the wilderness in Alaska over a mcmansion in a suburb in the lower 48...
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Everyone that I know who has ever been to Alaska has said that the architecture in Alaskan cities and towns is terrible. I saw many pictures of various buildings and homes and the architecture is not pleasing to the eye. Why did Alaska build such ugly buildings? Why are they like that?
Because we're individuals, not sheep. And also you can only do so much with an igloo.......

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Old 06-26-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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When ever I go hiking, that's all I look for, houses, really nice houses, and nice buildings. I'll be damned though, I never seem to see any, all I ever see are all these big ugly mountains and such.

It's very disappointing.
I know.....it is so rough being you!!!!! Nothing but nature to look at, dang, let me send you a postcard from new jersey.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Everyone that I know who has ever been to Alaska has said that the architecture in Alaskan cities and towns is terrible. I saw many pictures of various buildings and homes and the architecture is not pleasing to the eye. Why did Alaska build such ugly buildings? Why are they like that?
So what is your point?

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