How can I describe John Portman's work? The work that he did for his own house is curious, and the tower complex that he designed for Italy was provocative (if only it were actually built with white stone) but then he also has made some serious blunders when designing community complexes.
Caption on this model reads: "Portman House, Jian Ye Li, is a historic preservation and redevelopment project located in the heart of Shanghai's French Concession. Built in the early 1930s, Jian Ye Li is one of the city's finest examples of Shikumen-style housing-- a design unique to Shanghai that blends traditional Chinese residential elements with functional Western amenities. Consisting of luxury townhomes, retail, dining, and entertainment venues, the Portman House project will restore Jian Ye Li to its original design while providing modern conveniences that offer residents and visitors a distinctive way to experience the history of Shanghai."
Now, I'm curious by what they mean by modern convenience and Western amenities, because of what I see here it wouldn't be a pleasant place to live.