Wandering the Downtown

Downtown BuildingsSo, to varying degrees, when I go to one of my offices for work, I’ve started walking around with my camera out more and taking a lot of shots. Things that has really been fascinating me lately are the angles and mishmash of the buildings you see around the downtown area. While in a place like New York City, there is something of a great uniformity to them, this changes in San Francisco. It’s probably due in a large part to the fact that the streets of SOMA come in to Market Street at 90 degree angles and the ones on the other side of Market come in at 45 degree angles. But, naturally that isn’t the only reason and I think that San Francisco being a relatively “new” city in this country has provided it with the ability to have a greater diversity in its architecture. You see, we have less history here and for a long time, had more space. Then we had this huge earthquake in 1906 which leveled a great deal of the city allowing people to rebuild with more modern structures in the 20th century. So now that we’re finally running out of space, we’re turning upward in a big way. NYC had to do this a very long time ago and so the type of buildings they could build were limited. Because we’re touching the sky in the advent of very modern construction techniques, we’re able to have buildings that challenge a lot of the preconceived ideas that surrounded tall building construction.
In the end, this seems to be the reason we’re getting some pretty cool looking spaces and why there are these great mosaics of space here which are really picturesque. They’ve inspired me to take a lot of shots, but they’ve also inspired the likes of Wayne Thiebaud to paint some of the most amazing works based on the craziness of the San Francisco landscape.