All of that preamble is eyewash.
Red Rocks, Grand central are not signature buildings.
The pyramid is instantly recognisable as Stockport.
Red Rocks or Grand Central are bland, could be anywhere urban developments.
You have difficulty understanding what a signature building is.
Pedantic dates and times don't matter.
Buildings that are instantly recognisably Stockport.
The Library, Town Hall, War Memorial, Pear Mill, the Market, Market Bridge, Merseyway, The Plaza and such are all last century and more.
These are signature buildings like Tower bridge and the shard is London. Urbis Building is Manchester, The Quays is Salford.
We have yet to get one in the 21st Century close to a quarter of the way into that century. Everything is utilitarian and could be absolutely anywhere.
Grand signature buildings were built in the past to create civic pride and profile, to flag potential commerce that this town is going places and you need to be here and to say to the aspirational middle classes that the place was moving up in the world.
Where is that today? Red Rocks?
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