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Old 01-13-2023, 05:27 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I like the architecture in Atlantic Canada. St John's, Newfoundland has the remarkable Jellybean Row. It's got a cool collection of late 19th century wood frame row homes built on steep hills abutting the downtown. They are all painted different colors and I do believe it is regulated by a local ordinance. Not sure if it's true or folklore but it is said the colorful trend started with the leftover paint fisherman had from painting their boats. It adds a cornucopia of bright colors in an otherwise dreary climate.

https://www.google.com/search?q=jell...&bih=617&dpr=1

Halifax, Nova Scotia has some old world charm though I wonder how much of it was lost during the infamous 1917 explosion. Other parts of the Maritimes have a strong resemblance of old nautical New England -

- Lunenburg, NS: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.3767...7i13312!8i6656

- St. Andrews, NB: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.0739...7i13312!8i6656

- Charlottetown, PEI: https://www.google.com/maps/place/64...2!4d-63.124553
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Old 01-13-2023, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I like the architecture in Atlantic Canada. St John's, Newfoundland has the remarkable Jellybean Row. It's got a cool collection of late 19th century wood frame row homes built on steep hills abutting the downtown. They are all painted different colors and I do believe it is regulated by a local ordinance. Not sure if it's true or folklore but it is said the colorful trend started with the leftover paint fisherman had from painting their boats. It adds a cornucopia of bright colors in an otherwise dreary climate.

https://www.google.com/search?q=jell...&bih=617&dpr=1

Halifax, Nova Scotia has some old world charm though I wonder how much of it was lost during the infamous 1917 explosion. Other parts of the Maritimes have a strong resemblance of old nautical New England -

- Lunenburg, NS: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.3767...7i13312!8i6656

- St. Andrews, NB: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.0739...7i13312!8i6656

- Charlottetown, PEI: https://www.google.com/maps/place/64...2!4d-63.124553
Good stuff! Atlantic Canada is a special place. St John's is like the Cholula Mexico of Canada in terms of colours lol..

The halifax explosion was devastating. Up to that point it was the largest explosion the world had seen and tore a big clip out of the core part of the city along the waterfront. Fortunately, Halifax still has a decent collection of Pre WWII architecture and it's a cool city - lot's of bars and beer which is good by me. That said, you can see by the waterfront that a lot of the buildings are newer and I imagine what it would look like if the explosion never took place.

Not sure if you have been, but the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a must see attraction in Halifax and they have a wonderful exhibit on the explosion, along with a great Titanic exhibit as well with plenty of artifacts from the ship itself. They really present the exhibits in a way that captures the human toll of these events. Anyway i'm rambling but its a great little museum - lot's of cool ship models too if you're into that.

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I will say the CN Tower is still one of my favorite observation decks.

Something about that view is amazing.
Like it or lump it the scale of the tower is still impressive 47 years later. Hard to believe it is almost 50 years old and still the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere. Nothing in Toronto says this is Toronto like the CN Tower.

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Old 01-19-2023, 02:04 PM
 
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In Melbourne, Australia, developers of a new apartment block decided to be a little creative; a building with a human face.

https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/0...with-face.html

I wonder how this would be perceived in the US or Canada.
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Old 01-19-2023, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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In Melbourne, Australia, developers of a new apartment block decided to be a little creative; a building with a human face.

https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/0...with-face.html

I wonder how this would be perceived in the US or Canada.
Interesting.

I guess it would depend on whose face is on the building.

I'd also wonder about living in a place where my view was a massive face. It might get creepy after a while.

What has been the reaction in Melbourne?
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Old 01-19-2023, 02:49 PM
 
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Interesting.

I guess it would depend on whose face is on the building.

I'd also wonder about living in a place where my view was a massive face. It might get creepy after a while.

What has been the reaction in Melbourne?
Some love it, some don't.
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Old 01-19-2023, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Interesting.

I guess it would depend on whose face is on the building.
This is the biggest thing. Problem is whoever is on the building has a reputation. Even a dead historical figure and new information is unraveled all the time that may make his face something people wouldn't want to see anymore. It's probably not worth it. A better tribute imo is a statue or portrait - not an architectural element of the building.

for all the above - i'm not in favour.
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Old 01-21-2023, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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This is the biggest thing. Problem is whoever is on the building has a reputation. Even a dead historical figure and new information is unraveled all the time that may make his face something people wouldn't want to see anymore. It's probably not worth it. A better tribute imo is a statue or portrait - not an architectural element of the building.

for all the above - i'm not in favour.
Context helps with this particular building.

https://armarchitecture.com.au/projects/barak-building/

Still, I hope it doesn't become a trend.
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Old 01-21-2023, 07:50 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Context helps with this particular building.

https://armarchitecture.com.au/projects/barak-building/

Still, I hope it doesn't become a trend.
I think it would be cool if the buildings featured wildlife. Like, imagine Vancouver having a tower featuring a big orca whale. I'd dig it!
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Old 01-22-2023, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I think it would be cool if the buildings featured wildlife. Like, imagine Vancouver having a tower featuring a big orca whale. I'd dig it!
There is one in Detroit, is there not?
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Old 01-22-2023, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I think it would be cool if the buildings featured wildlife. Like, imagine Vancouver having a tower featuring a big orca whale. I'd dig it!
We did have two murals on the sides of buildings, but those are gone. They were nice enough.

https://tinyurl.com/yrpy7bxb

I could see an Orca on a building, done in the way that the one in Melbourne is.

It would be better than just a face.
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