Sunday, May 30, 2010

Portland’s Architectural Mish-Mash

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One of the things I love about Portland is that design seems to matter here in a way it doesn’t at home. Not design in the sense of uniformity, but a willingness to take risks – even when the risks don’t work. (It happens. Portland has more than its share of bad buildings, but that is the price they pay for a varied and interesting urban fabric. You have to take some bad along with the good.) In the end you have an amazing mishmash of structures of all vintages and styles. . . with lots of greenery mixed in for good measure.

And, as if that weren’t enough to engage one’s attention, there always seems to be at least one glass curtain building around to provide a warped view of everything around it.

The streetscape is never dull.

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