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Old Posted Jul 25, 2019, 9:54 PM
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Letter to the editor: Austin needs a new star of the skyline

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Old Posted Jul 26, 2019, 1:12 AM
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I remember when Towers had a post about this a few years ago.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2019, 1:21 AM
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I remember when Towers had a post about this a few years ago.
Ha. I remember that too. That star tower guy has to be a poster here.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2019, 1:54 AM
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SNL Austin Edition
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2019, 2:14 AM
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Since I have been unable to find any definative answer to this question that has been bugging me for years, I'll ask the forum roster here your opinions. In terms of height or floor count or both, at which point is a building considered A) Midrise B) Highrise C) Skyscraper?
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2019, 4:31 AM
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It seems like sooo many commercials feature downtown Austin now...

Just saw one for Doordash. They faked a larger park out of Republic Square and the parking lot next to it, but downtown around it is unmistakeable.

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/oT3R/doordash-wherever-you-are (Austin is at the end)
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2019, 2:12 PM
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Since I have been unable to find any definative answer to this question that has been bugging me for years, I'll ask the forum roster here your opinions. In terms of height or floor count or both, at which point is a building considered A) Midrise B) Highrise C) Skyscraper?
I believe a general approximation for "skyscraper" is >= 150 m and a "supertall" is >= 300 m. Not sure about the others.
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 11:36 PM
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Is there really any use to building towers this tall if they're still only going to have a couple hundred units? Shouldn't these buildings be able to house 1000+ people? Where does all the space go? Jester has several thousand residents and is significantly shorter than all of these. How is this trend of ultra-tall buildings with only a few hundred units going to help the housing crisis at all?
Good luck trying to sell condos with dorm style living and community kitchens.
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 11:41 PM
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Good luck trying to sell condos with dorm style living and community kitchens.
I feel like there is a middle-ground between dorm and what we have now.
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 11:47 PM
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I feel like there is a middle-ground between dorm and what we have now.
I think some "affordable" rental towers that are more like dormitories could work. But the economics would dictate something like the bland Chinese towers in the photo several posts back.
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2019, 12:19 AM
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I think some "affordable" rental towers that are more like dormitories could work. But the economics would dictate something like the bland Chinese towers in the photo several posts back.
I really don't like those. They don't look great in Vancouver, and they make up the bulk of Hong Kong and the Chinese Ghost Cities.
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Vinhomes Central Park in Saigon is where the city's rich live. It's considered a model of modern, high class, sophisticated living. It has perhaps a dozen identical 50+ floor residential towers.

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Holy mackerel! That SNL montage is crazy! Good work!
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Old Posted Aug 24, 2019, 2:37 PM
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I feel like there is a middle-ground between dorm and what we have now.
I wish there were a way to require large developments, either single family homes or high rises, to include at the same average price per square foot, a certain number of smaller units. This would start to address the lack of "affordable" housing of all price ranges being available in all areas. We allow too much exclusion of size and price in most big developments in my opinion.
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Old Posted Aug 26, 2019, 5:38 PM
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Since I have been unable to find any definative answer to this question that has been bugging me for years, I'll ask the forum roster here your opinions. In terms of height or floor count or both, at which point is a building considered A) Midrise B) Highrise C) Skyscraper?
NAIOP (National Association of Industrial & Office Properties) defines them as low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise by floor count, quoted below.

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Office Building Types and Sizes
Low-rise: Fewer than 7 stories above ground level
Mid-rise: Between 7 and 25 stories above ground level
High-rise: More than 25 stories above ground level
https://www.naiop.org/Research/Terms...tions?letter=O
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^^^ You all may also want to check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat for more information. The CTBUH created the standards for measuring the height of buildings as well as the organization recognized in crowning designations such as “The World’s Tallest Building.”
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Thank you AusTxD and Goldenboot.
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 1:57 PM
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SNL Austin Edition
Bwahahahaha this is so f'ing hilarious and pretty much nails on the head every single part of town represented! Very well thought out and presented. Would love to have this on a poster!!
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 7:15 PM
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Vinhomes Central Park in Saigon is where the city's rich live. It's considered a model of modern, high class, sophisticated living. It has perhaps a dozen identical 50+ floor residential towers.
Good thing our standards are different than Saigon, because that is an all out assault on the eyeballs. Yikes...
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2019, 7:27 PM
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Is there really any use to building towers this tall if they're still only going to have a couple hundred units? Shouldn't these buildings be able to house 1000+ people? Where does all the space go? Jester has several thousand residents and is significantly shorter than all of these. How is this trend of ultra-tall buildings with only a few hundred units going to help the housing crisis at all?
Would you want to live in a 300 sqft place? Because that's what it would take (or worse) to achieve those numbers. What a miserable existence that would be. Warehousing humans.

Imagine a young couple trying to shoehorn their life into that kind of space.
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