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Bricks, mortar, connections and memories

10th Nov, 2014 | Posted by in Blog

“We shape our buildings; therefore they shape us.”

Good old Churchill had a point as always, the clever bugger.

 

Architecture could well be described as the most multifaceted art form. It reflects the time in which it is built, can take inspiration from the past whilst clearing a path for the future, varies according to location, requirements, external factors, vision and purpose, affects the development of its surroundings both immediately and long-term, and unlike other art, it’s always completely functional and essential to everyday operations, from domestic living to international commerce.

Wednesday 12th November is World Architecture Day, a time to appreciate the buildings of the world in terms of context and value as well as their appearance and purpose. I live in Hull, England and have for thirty-two years. I’ve watched the urban landscape change dramatically, from the arrival of new shopping centres and media hubs, to the artistic community taking over a disused industrial district. I love my city and notice details more than most other people, be it the striking juxtaposition of two structures from entirely different time periods, or a unique view of a place that you can only enjoy by peeking through a crack.

Below are a few snaps lifted from my Instagram account. Some are of architecture in itself whilst others focus on minor elements, rare angles, and how a building interacts with its environment. I strongly encourage you to take this approach more often: you’ll be amazed at just how many features you miss on a daily basis, eager to be discovered by inquisitive eyes.

 

When it comes to buildings, some pierce the sky…

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…and others belong on the street.

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Many are designed to stand out, from bold pop-ups…

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…to unmissable add-ons.

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Most provide regular skylines…

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…but this one appears for just one week each year.

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Meanwhile, there are the shy spaces that hide away…

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…and the attention seeking structures that dominate the scene.

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Those under development…

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…or which might be soon enough.

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The resolute straight lines…

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…and the straight lines that have gone a bit wibbly-wobbly.

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Everywhere you look, there are the shabby yet friendly…

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…and the lived-in yet stern.

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The quiet reflectors…

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…and those that scream “Hey, look at me!”

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Some are connected…

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…and some find themselves suddenly all alone.

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And no matter where you go, there’s always one with an interesting garden.

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About the author...

Rich Sutherland

Rich is a copywriter and social media manager who loves writing about random things in his spare time. Between weekly posts for Days of the Year, he can be found on his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. He also writes short stories within 140 characters on his @tinyweefiction channel. If you see him in the street, make sure to wave (he's 6'4" with glasses, a beard and rockabilly hair - can't miss him).
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