Comments
2

Marienplatz: Munich’s city center since 1158

Posted by Chris Wray on Jun 20, 2009 in architecture and urban spaces

Located in the heart of Munich’s bustling city, Marienplatz (Mary’s Square) has been the city’s market center since the 12th Century. Today, old traditions intermingle with new as vendor stalls dot the pedestrian mall next to trendy fashion boutiques. Marienplatz is a must-see destination when visiting Munich. During my recent visit to Munich, I took the U-Bahn underground rail system to the Marienplatz stop, a major transportation hub that serves the urban and suburban mass transit lines. As you disembark, you walked through an ultra-modern subway tunnel with glistening orange ceramic tiles, then up the escalator to the street level of Marienplatz, where you’re greeted by Gothic architecture—what a visual contrast!
Read more…

Tags: , , ,

2 Comments on Marienplatz: Munich’s city center since 1158
 
Comments
4

Railyard Santa Fe: rebirth of a vibrant district

Posted by Chris Wray on May 30, 2009 in architecture and urban spaces

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): Entity: line 1: parser error : Start tag expected, '<' not found in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 64

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): Unable to find user with email picasacjw@gmail.com in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 64

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): ^ in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 64

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 103

With the rapid decline of railroad transportation in the early ‘80s, rail districts throughout the U.S. slid into urban decay. The rail yards and adjacent neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico were declared a blighted area in 1987, characterized by property abandonment, unemployment, crime, and barren urban landscapes.

Fast-forward twenty years and you will see the same urban geography has been redefined by a vibrant, revitalized community. The design process involved hundreds of participants: citizens, land planners, architects, and city council members. The resulting redevelopment—dubbed The Railyard Santa Fe—incorporates an eclectic mix of performing art venues, restaurants, retail, art studios and galleries, a permanent structure for Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, and 13 acres of open space including a park, plaza, and pedestrian promenade.

During my recent trip to Santa Fe, I visited The Railyard and was surprised how well the redevelopment project integrates with the surrounding urban and natural landscape. The hard-edged, rugged look of the buildings reflects the city’s intention to preserve the industrial feel of the original rail complex. The shinny corrugated metal surfaces, exposed hardware, and strong rectilinear walls unexpectedly harmonize with the prevailing adobe architecture.

The multi-use Railyard Park is a real gem, with its eco-friendly, drought-resistant garden with outdoor performance and picnic areas, playground, and walking-biking trails. Original iron rails and rusted rail car wheels are cleverly integrated into the linear walkways and gardens.

The Railyard marks its one-year anniversary this September. Enjoy my picture gallery (click on the water tower image) and let me hear your comments. For more information on The Railyard, visit www.railyardsantafe.com.

Tags: , , , ,

4 Comments on Railyard Santa Fe: rebirth of a vibrant district
 
Comments
2

Contractor Blooper of the Year Award

Posted by Chris Wray on May 11, 2009 in architecture and urban spaces

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): Entity: line 1: parser error : Start tag expected, '<' not found in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 64

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): Unable to find user with email picasacjw@gmail.com in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 64

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): ^ in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 64

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/chriswray/www/ramblings/wp-content/plugins/picasna/picasna-functions.php on line 103

I thought I’d start off my architectural photo blog series on the lighter side. Click on the adjacent photo and have a look at the gallery of contractor mishaps from around the world. Let me know which one you think qualifies for Contractor Blooper of the Year Award.

And the nominees are…

Tags: ,

2 Comments on Contractor Blooper of the Year Award

Copyright © 2017 Wray's Ramblings
This blog is optimized for Firefox 3.x, Safari 3.2.x, and IE 7.x and above