Why I love Seattle.
What if all planning decisions were made from the sidewalk?
I mean literally, from the sidewalk. Like modern day inspectors, our planners and respective planning commissioners should walk the site, the neighborhood, perhaps knock on a few doors, and then make recommendations.
Producing urban space necessarily involves reproducing the social relations that are bound up in it. The production of urban space therefore entails much more than just planning the material space of the city; it involves producing and reproducing all aspects of urban life.
There are cities that remain mere distant visual images when remembered, and cities that are remembered in all their vivacity. The memory re-evokes the delightful city with all its sounds and smells and variations of light and shade. I can even choose whether to walk on the sunny side or the shaded side of the street in the pleasurable city of my remembrance. The real measure of the quality of a city is whether one can imagine falling in love in it.
—Juhani Pallasmaa / The Eyes of the Skin (via woonder)
Streets are the stage of the city that need complimenting dressings; engineered correctly, they fashion a perfect theater that propels and amplifies the sights, sounds, and success of urbanity.
Playing in the shadow of The Devon Tower (Taken with Instagram at Bicentennial Park)