Waterfront Station

Waterfront Station

This is an old photograph, from 2008, but one that I think is still interesting enough to post. I am at a bit of a loss to write much about it other than to say it's of Waterfront Station in Vancouver and the layering of the buildings is what interests me here. Perhaps it's because I live in a much smaller city now, Freiburg, but the density in this photo really amazes me. All of these structures flattened together in a jumble of urban architecture.

Of course, European cities can be very dense as well but aside from the cores of the larger ones, not massive like this. It's a different kind of density, one born of history. Of a thousand years of growth and, in some cases, total destruction and rebuilding.

Vancouver is very new, the west coast of Canada is the most history-less of a continent that has, aside from maybe Australia, less history than any other on earth. The waterfront station building (the multi-peaked building that runs through the middle) is one of the older ones in Vancouver and it was built in 1914. the rest of what you see here is, at most, from the 1970's.

I like the newness of North America but I get the sense that, since the average age of a structure is fifty years or less, one doesn't have a respect for architecture since all of the buildings around you are going to be replaced anyway. Why get attached to them, something better and newer will come along sooner rather than later and, almost certainly, in your lifetime. Then again, the weight of the past is something that is just not felt either.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type: 18.0-135.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 125 mm
35mm Focal Length: 188 mm
Exposure: 13 sec
Aperture: f 22
ISO: 160


Taken: 2008-11-19 03:20:54
Posted: 2012-06-27 | 05:46





Waterfront Station

Waterfront Station

This is an old photograph, from 2008, but one that I think is still interesting enough to post. I am at a bit of a loss to write much about it other than to say it's of Waterfront Station in Vancouver and the layering of the buildings is what interests me here. Perhaps it's because I live in a much smaller city now, Freiburg, but the density in this photo really amazes me. All of these structures flattened together in a jumble of urban architecture.

Of course, European cities can be very dense as well but aside from the cores of the larger ones, not massive like this. It's a different kind of density, one born of history. Of a thousand years of growth and, in some cases, total destruction and rebuilding.

Vancouver is very new, the west coast of Canada is the most history-less of a continent that has, aside from maybe Australia, less history than any other on earth. The waterfront station building (the multi-peaked building that runs through the middle) is one of the older ones in Vancouver and it was built in 1914. the rest of what you see here is, at most, from the 1970's.

I like the newness of North America but I get the sense that, since the average age of a structure is fifty years or less, one doesn't have a respect for architecture since all of the buildings around you are going to be replaced anyway. Why get attached to them, something better and newer will come along sooner rather than later and, almost certainly, in your lifetime. Then again, the weight of the past is something that is just not felt either.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type: 18.0-135.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 125 mm
35mm Focal Length: 188 mm
Exposure: 13 sec
Aperture: f 22
ISO: 160


Taken: 2008-11-19 03:20:54
Posted: 2012-06-27 | 05:46


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