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This establishes the idea of modernism for apartment-house construction. Unfortunately, as with office-building construction, you have a series of early and really brilliant solutions to using modern architecture for new urban needs, but it was so easily debased. And so hundreds of white-brick apartment houses with very little concern for design begin to appear. These are buildings that follow the letter of the zoning law exactly. The zoning law told you you could rise to a certain level and then you had to set the building back, and they do exactly that. And so that you get hundreds of these excruciatingly banal offspring of these great complexes like Manhattan House.

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