To begin with as a basis we take farmhouses of first Dutch colonists — plank construction aimed at filling the greatest possible space with light. Since 1664 begin to sculpt on them simple box-shaped stone-brick house with a hipped roof. We will call this Georgian-style architecture because no matter what but a Dutch colony passed to the British.
Now you need to add lightness and refinement — in the early 19th century make 'Federal style' that is based on classicism fashionable. Scatter here and there slender columns decorated with porticos and triangular pediments. By the 30th years of the 19th century enhance the pure love to classical forms. Dilute the city with neo-Greek style marking Federal Hall with it.
But it’s getting tasteless- let’s add some Gothic and Romanesque spice. We set a couple of churches with pointed arches and crenellated towers. Make Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan the central one.
At the same time put the Brooklyn Bridge over the strait and sprinkle it a bit with Gothic Revival.
Having played enough with brick and sandstone pour in some gold and luxury. Raise the lower floors by the monumental stairs and decorate white limestone facades with carved Corinthian columns. We will call it Beaux Arts and spill along the island in the form of the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum and the Central Station.
In the early 20th century let us finally deal with skyscrapers – there is not much places already so there is need to grow up. High-rise giants are best looking in rigor and purity of art deco. So start first with Chrysler Building and after that with Empire State Building.
Then let Robert Moses play a bit – he will establish order while ruthlessly reconstructing vast urban spaces and destroying a couple of quarters. Then fall in love with laconic forms of modernism and by the end of the 20th century flood the city with 'glass boxes'. And finally dust a bit of deconstructionism — add waves, bends, dents and fractures to the straight glass walls.
At the end finish it all with giant white skeleton of a dinosaur near the World Trade Center. Say that you see here a taking off to the blue sky white pigeon.
Now you can go on and explore your creation. You will see how thin tinkling glass giants are mixed with standing firmly on the ground squat brick heavyweights. They are like a forest of stalagmites where each grows at its own pace. They climb on and press down each other blending into one faceless mass of stone. In the end the identity and individuality of each building is smeared by narrow streets. And thousands of windows merge into a kilometer cloth of multicolored mosaic.
Have a good day, MarrySav!)
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