From Cincinnati.com: First look at The Banks
Designers worked hard, said developer Bailey Pope, to build a new residential neighborhood for the city, yet one that still has the feel of a connection to downtown.
“They tried to make it look like an organic neighborhood that grew over time,” he said.
I don’t know what the developers are seeing when they look at the drawings, but to me it seems like they’ve accomplished neither. The buildings are too uniform to have an organic neighborhood look and the style of the buildings pretty much don’t look like anything else downtown.
I’d rather have totally innovative architecture like the Ascent or at least something classic. This stuff is totally generic cookie cutter stuff. They’ve been saying for years that The Banks development will be the front door of the city. I wish they would treat it that way and develop a signature look for the project instead of importing some leftover concept from another city.
I totally envy the architecture that’s going on in other parts of the world like Dubai where architects and designers compete to create the most unique structures on the planet.
While better than an empty lot, I’m sorely disappointed with these designs.