As glass and steel buildings become increasingly prevalent, cities are looking shinier and more futuristic than ever. And while many architects prefer this ultra-modern aesthetic, a handful are going back to the basics, using handmade brick and textured stone to mirror classic buildings from bygone days.

Projects include: Lovejoy Wharf, Arte by Antonio Citterio, The Kent, 145 President and 180 East 88th.

180 East 88th

180 East 88th Street, a 50-story Upper East Side tower designed, developed, constructed, and managed by DDG, features a nearly 600,000-brick exterior handmade by Petersen Tegl in Denmark. Prices for the 48-unit building, which offers everything from lofts to five-bedroom units, start at around $3.2 million.