Ultimately, of course, the developer is looking for return on investment, and Robertson and the teams with which he works to deliver eye-popping architectural landmarks are good enough at delivering that return that Leslie Robertson and Associates can be somewhat selective in the work it takes on. For instance, “we’re the kind of company that does not do military work. Period,” he says.
Moreover, Robertson believes that there is a social end-point for the rush to build the tallest, most opulent building in the world. When enough people “are looking up at them, realizing they can’t afford that,” he opines, “I don’t know that society is going to go along with that forever.”
“Ultimately, the developer should make a profit,” yet, Robertson says, “they have an obligation to the city where they are building. They should raise the quality of living and working spaces, not lower it … There is so much work out there that you have to select the kind of work you’re comfortable with and that you want to do.”
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