Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Washington Posts asks, "What is a City?"

In a review and critique of the National Capital Planning Commission's position on a proposed mixed-use alley rendering, which some members felt the alley did not have the federal style or did not feel like Washington, the Post asks, What is a City--in a rendering?

An excerpt of the article:

"Free-associate on the subject, and the words that come to mind are usually about people, motion, business, crowds and chance encounters. Artists who do architectural renderings create the feel of a city through the strange use of spectral people overlaid on the streetscape, colorful, almost transparent renderings of bodies in motion. Cars are reduced to a blur of headlights and taillights, a fantasy of the automobile as motion, without any suggestion of traffic jams, honking horns or near-miss pedestrian encounters."

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