Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I told Isabel, "It's like a dagger to an Atlantan's heart if you..."



After her extraordinary talk I told Isabel Castilla, "It's like a dagger to an Atlantan's heart if you..."

"If you don't say the Atlanta BeltLine is the coolest thing EVER."

"I didn't say anything about the BeltLine," she replied.

"Yeah that hurts just as much."

"But no two (corridor reclamation projects) are the same."

"Certainly not, but it still hurts."



Kate Allen with Isabel Castilla for the poster signing. Isabel Castilla is Principal at James Corner Field Operations currently the lead designer and project manager the for Section 3 of New York’s High Line; Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road District; and The Underline in Miami, a 10-mile long corridor of parkland, trails and neighborhood connections. 

I'm embarrassed for Atlanta that you weren't there. It was the annual Doug Allen lecture, and we had a High Line designer.

“Landscape architecture concentrates on anything open to the sky.” - Isabel Castilla

Make plans right now, clear your calendar for the Fall of 2018 or have an excuse from the doctor.

Deprovincializing BeltLine-Like Projects

The is my first lecture about a BeltLine-Like project that wasn't given by Ryan Gravel.

More on that another time.



You should'a been there. Look who is building on the High Line.



Who knows when there will be a pop quiz on peel-up bench typologies?

See ya'

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tribute to 461 North Highland a Double Terminated Vista


I'm sure you know. 461 North Highland rewards every time so I'm giving it a shout out.

We don't have many of these. We don't produce this kind of extravagance anymore not even in our most bodacious new mansions.



It's probably my favorite building on North Highland. It's tucked into a little curve where Conquitt T-bones Highland.

It's the northern most and fanciest of a fine little apartment block, tax records say they were built in 1915.




The developers knew to make 461 a tiny bit fancier than its neighbors because it's a terminated vista. It catches our eye as we approach.




From the north we can just see the arch in the folliage. Mental Note: Keep trimming those trees a little.




It's actually the second arch, the one up Colquitt.



From the south we get a peek of a top porch window. This is so appealing to me, like a street front lookout tower, a crows nest. How's the view from up there? Was it always enclosed?



See? The view is better when the leaves are off.

Let's look around.



This is what motivated the blog. Seeing the backside.

I went to Scott's house for dinner last week. Not sure if he noticed: I said hello and bolted to his deck to see this view. The 461 street-side is so elegant. The back side so full of life. This vignette says Brooklyn more than Atlanta and I've never even been to Brooklyn.

Some details:



Little porch down there.



Lots.



Lot's more.




It's two buildings stuck together though property records show only the 461 address. I don't know of there is passageway between them. The back building must have been 1037 Colquitt.



Can we call this triple porches?




Fresh sign.




The new address sign is the only thing that seems dated.




It rewards every time. I hope you'll have a look in person. Here are all my pictures of 461 N. Highland.


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