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Old Posted Jan 3, 2019, 9:06 PM
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I stumbled upon this photo of a new suburban housing development in Markham - and it's actually a pretty great urban form. Dense, good scale, minimal setbacks. This is what suburbs should look like.

But then you look a little closer and see the actual material selections & architectural details on the buildings and just have to wonder why?

Grand Cornell Brownstones
by Jimmy Wu, on Flickr

For contrast, here's a somewhat similar new housing development in the UK. Why couldn't they use a coherent, attractive material palette something more like this? It's not like this would cost more. What is it about all of our mass-market builders that makes them so much more aesthetically challenged than those everywhere else?

Chobham Manor
by Jimmy Wu, on Flickr
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