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    Hello, I've been posting stuff here for a while but I've never really introduced myself. I'm a Mechanical Engineering student in Detroit, MI. I do art mainly as a hobby, but someday I hope to combine my interest in Engineering and art so I can design the robots at the Disney theme parks.
    Personally I am inspired by cool architecture, and I thought I would share some of my favorite Detroit buildings with you guys. I took these pictures about a month ago, and I've already posted some in my sketchbook.
    This is the David Scott building
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    This is the old Masonic Temple Theatre
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    If you have any cool buildings in your area please post them.
    When you post a picture of some architecture try and include some background info on the building if you can. Just some stuff about its history would be good to know, thanks!

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    I don't have any cool buildings near me except the new Sprint Center that is still under construction...

    But I find www.burjdubai.com very inspiring and the new "Freedom Towers" are pretty cool

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    I love shooting architecture - specially pulling graphic shapes and elements from it...heres one that I just took of the Beehive (part of the parliament in Wellington NZ... have similar stuff on my blog...)

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    a strange choice a powerstation but it is this amazing building that seems to gorw out of the Shannon rier and the sirrounding canal... lot of history to it my grandfather was involved in the its construction have some photos from the 20's of its building.

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    Here's mine, it's a bit older than everyone elses, -
    Bayon (the temple of many faces), part of the Angkor Thom complex, near Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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    I was just reading some other forums lamenting the outcomes of the New seven Wonders list, and had to agree, why these two -
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    - didn't make it to the New Seven Wonders list beggars belief....but then what a joke the whole thing turned out to be anyway....no Angkor....no Easter Island, but Christ The Redeemer.....shows what 50 million people with sms can achieve


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    Hagia Sophia is just amazing.
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    the inside is amazing as well
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    i'm not too certain but it looks like Thai architecture.
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    I'm probably going slightly off-topic here, but whilst I do find architecture itself very inspiring - especially old gothic cathedrals and ancient temples - I love the type of mood builings (and especially the type of lighting that goes with it) can have on an environment:

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    These are just some everyday examples, and already I find them pretty potent. Hope this doesn't stray too far from the topic .

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    Mansion of Ryabushinski
    That's probably my favorite building of all times and places and I already suffer that I'm not gonna be able to seduce you all with loveliness of it. It is so much better when you stand near it.
    Especially it looks gorgeous at winter... simple, refined with black old pine tree growing near it.
    The building is asymmetrical...you can walk around it and it will never be the same... changing its profile with every step very smoothly.
    It is built in Art Nouveau style in 1902 built by Moscow architect Theodore Shehtel.
    The mansion has typical Art Nouveau stylizations: asymmetry, smooth lines, ceramic tiles and majolica depicting a favortie flower of the symbolists: orchids and irises. One of the best feature is lovely railing in front of the building and inner stairs made in maple... stone depiction of running wave.

    OK... my pathetic attempt to show you guys and gals. what a beauty it is... everything in this building is objects of art,,, great art, IMO.

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    this:
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    Is this ugly?

    I'm glad I got such a response. Now I have to ask your opinion of something:
    This building is called the renniassance center, it is General Motors corporate headquarters, and probably the single most hated building in all of Detroit. While I am no fan of the international style architecture being used here I personally don't have a problem with this building, I actually kind of like it. The only reason I think people hate this building is because the old GM building was pretty cool.
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    let me know what you guys think, am I crazy for not hating the Ren Cen?

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    Unhappy Big Bummer

    I live in a city occupied by countless abandoned buildings; seeing this one bums me out the most. It is the old Michigan Central train Depot, originally built in 1913 in the Beaux Arts style. It was designed by the firms of Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stern, the same guys who did New York’s Central Station.
    Despite its beauty, the economic disasters that plague Detroit have reduced it to nothing more that a ruin, it hasn't been open since 1988.
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    Great topic. Architecture is so important.

    Radisson SAS Hotel in Frankfurt. It's what you see first when you drive downtown from the north.
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    Fallingwater. Frank Lloyd Wright. Awesome.
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    Notre Dame. Always gives me the creeps. I love the wings and obscure angles.
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    I wish this didn't get torn down

    This is the old Detroit water works, it used to be one of the city's most beloved landmarks, unfortunatly it was torn down back in 1945 because the building was outdated and another use for it couldn't be found.
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    I this thread.
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    Man, I really love that flatiron building! Once I ate at this place in Columbus OH once called the 'flatiron grill' that was in an old (much smaller) building that was also super-long and skinny and now I wish I'd taken a picture of it.

    Anyway, this website I found isn't about any one particualr building, but it is full of all of these awesome photos of old ruins.
    http://www.shunya.net/Pictures/Highl...LostCities.htm

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    I like this one-

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    For example this one . I saw it in "The Japan Architect" magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendigo View Post
    I'm glad I got such a response. Now I have to ask your opinion of something:
    This building is called the renniassance center, it is General Motors corporate headquarters, and probably the single most hated building in all of Detroit. While I am no fan of the international style architecture being used here I personally don't have a problem with this building, I actually kind of like it. The only reason I think people hate this building is because the old GM building was pretty cool.
    Here is the Ren Cen in all of its glory

    This is an old picture of the old GM headquarters.

    let me know what you guys think, am I crazy for not hating the Ren Cen?
    I don't know, that new one looks pretty incredible.

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    theres a lot of cool buildings on http://www.trekearth.com thats where i find all mine

    edit: so i made sure my links worked fine and then i come back and there all broken what the hell is up with that. but yea anyway here they are attachted. grumble grumble

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    Habitat '67:

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    Dile-you're welcome
    This is a picture of Henry Ford's Rouge River complex, basically the magnum opis of industrial plants in the first half of the twentieth century. I still find it amazing that there is a place were you can put raw materials in at one end and get finished cars out at the other. This plant was the subject of the Detroit Institute of the Arts great mural, Detroit Industry by Diego Rivera.
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    This is the mural, it actually covers an entire room in the DIA, but I only have picture of the north and south walls.
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    this thread is full of incredible stuff, can't believe i missed it.
    a builiding i've found recently is the sony centre.

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    Oddly enough, the kind of buildings that inspire are not that famous or fancy looking, in fact. Any kind of broken houses, dilapidated silos or crumbling warehouses works for me.

    something like this: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/25963560/

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    How about the Walled City of Kowloon? It was demolished in the 90s, but before that it was the densest human habitation on earth, and also an appearantly functioning anarchist society as neither the British nor the Chinese policed it. At its hight in the 80s there were some 35,000 people living within the 200 by 100 meters it occupied, with less crime than the rest of Hong Kong proper.

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    I am a huge fan of Art Deco/American Vertical style architecture. Although I have tried to post only buildings from Detroit, there is one building that I just have to post. It is the Chrystler building, built in 1930 it was the tallest building in the world for around a year, but it is still an absolute masterpeice in art deco architecture.
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