Archive for the 'Urban~City' Category

28
Sep
17

city park…

empty save a few nearby residents walking their small dogs, that have been cooped up all day in downsized condo’s and flats.

Lamp-park-Pearl-SwittersB

10
Mar
16

art covers function…

A local observation, that was pleasant, today in Portland, Oregon. We have adjacent to traffic intersections, governed by traffic signals, metal cabinets/boxes (house the controls & tech gizmos) that are usually a drab grey or light green and suitable for the ever present graffiti scroll of some covert ‘artist’. Today, I noticed a nicer presentation upon such a box…a typical Pacific NW Forest scene. It was a refreshing display…the only one like it I’ve seen thus far.

traffic lights-control box-design-SwittersB

09
Aug
15

the glass ceiling….

glass ceiling-Lloyd Center-cleaning-SwittersB

29
Jul
15

bus stop…

an old love seat dumped

next to the lowly bus stop 

go ahead, I’m passing

bus stop-SE Portland-old couch-SwittersB

17
Jul
15

a door way..

you see an alleyway 

the doorway just out of view

aggression oppressed

doorway-alley-Seattle-SwittersB

13
Jul
15

looming…

seeking civility

we recognize our dark side

push toward the light

Seattle-dark clouds-N/Bd-SwittersB

19
Jun
15

Rise & Fall by Minoru Yamasaki

Rainier Tower-Seattle-SwittersB

On a recent trip up to Seattle, Washington, I came upon the Rainier Tower (1977) with its unique base. A little research revealed the unique structure was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, a Seattle native and the principle designer of the World Trade Center (1970). Further, I learned the Rainier Tower and the surrounding structures are scheduled for demolition and a planned for new high rise will replace the Rainier Tower with its unique base.

Good News Clarification via Valerie Bunn: “I think you have misread the news article. Note that a new tower is planned to be built alongside of the present tower, not replacing it. If you look at the block from the 5th Avenue side you will see a low-rise building called Rainier Square, and that is the one scheduled to be demolished.”

Rainier Tower, base, Seattle, SwittersB




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