I'm kinda with you on this one. I don't get the sudden over the top hate on the cheap cladding here, considering the hate is coming from some of the same people pushing for "wait until it's finished" mantra on projects like Daniel's City of The Arts condo towers currently being clad in the same materials. Whatever happened to the mantra in this thread?
I think the dislike is fairly evident since it started; not that I am a fan of the residential portion of the City of the Arts - and this project probably uses higher quality material - but you're comparing a carte blanche residential project and the expectations fitting of such to a reclad of an existing office tower that basically wrecked the positive qualities of the building. Apples and oranges.