Mapping our world
I wonder if it has been recognized in publications that Google is an important tool in the architecture office. Not one day goes by that I do not use the ariel satellite view or street view, or even just maps to find where I am going.
The importance of virtual exploring is a reality. It shapes the way we imagine and construct built form.
Just the other day I had the opportunity of delivering a competition entry to the town where it was sited. Of course we took a quick stroll through the site. And just like you hear many tourists say about the Mona Lisa, “it seemed much smaller then expected” - the site was more intimate. The area’s unique history showed a steep development in automobile infrastructure around the 60s and this bit of information along with the Google satellite views made this strong impression in my head, like the site was this busy motorway where people would never dare to go. Even though the site does not seem so bad the city is making efforts to reduce the car traffic in this particular bottleneck.
It was nice in this example to be able to view the reality. Although it would have made more sense to visit while designing.. no?
I only try to reference and base strong opinions off of true lived experience. I attempt to not use buildings and settings that I have not lived or experienced in some direct, or more personal, way.
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