Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Urban Landscape

I follow Walking Turcot Yard's blog because of my fascination with the urban landscape. It is amazing the infrastructure we build that is of a disposable quality. When we are done with it we walk away from it. Much of our urban landscape is of little aesthetic value. Oklahoma has shed very little money on ornamentation or details that might embrace regional or cultural ideals.

However a feature of granaries, industrial equipment, water towers is very relevant to the urban landscape of Oklahoma. Because it is so flat, large scale industrial and city structures are very much a part of our urban landscape. I have run across Bernd and Hilla Becher's work previously and appreciate it.

Look at what Seattle did with Gas Works Park, New York with Fresh Kills and Germany with Landschaft Park. Oklahoma City has some industrial sites that they could capitalize on.

I'm going to have to get out there and take some pictures and do a follow up on this train of thought.