2015/07/03

Frontage zone, the new ugly

Filed under: architecture,Urban Planning — WmX @ 15:21

meter box

Our City embarked, some time ago, on a Code Audit and the “Streets that Work” plan. Staff, Boards, Commissions, Advisory Committees, many people involved. We’ve been visited by smart coders, enlightened engineers and other luminaries. The gradual transition to a lovely Commons is in process.
Since electrification at the beginning of the 20th C we’ve grown accustomed to the overhead infrastructure. The utility poles block our sidewalks, the wires divide the sky.
Stormwater and wastewater infrastructure was in the ground.
But oh, what is this? A handy above ground casket, looks like New Orleans.



30 x1028 px box


Used to be, the water meter was in the right of way, under the sidewalk, accessed by a meter cover (visible in Google’s 2008 Street View photo). The water meter has risen! Into a concrete box. Why?

2015/03/21

pair formation

Filed under: architecture,Urban Planning,UVA — WmX @ 10:30

2015/02/06

Woolen Mills

Filed under: architecture,neighborhood,riverine — WmX @ 15:51
WM window sawtooth

In a work session the Albemarle County Planning Commission discussed the Charlottesville Woolen Mills property. Seems like they get it. The buildings and the location are a treasure. More than a place to make license plates. A property whose careful rehab and reuse could be pivotal in efforts to reconnect with the Rivanna River.

2015/01/25

Torii redux

Filed under: architecture,strange land — WmX @ 13:22
house Rhode Island

Sonotube entry feature. What were they thinking?

2015/01/24

architect designed?

Filed under: architecture,strange land — WmX @ 10:47
amateur or pro design?

I walked past this house in Providence RI. Was it designed by the homeowner? By an architect? I think it was desined by a 1970 Buick Estate Wagon interested in easy yard maintenance

2015/01/08

strip mall backside

Filed under: architecture,development,signs — WmX @ 15:41
albemarle square backside

the backside of this local mall is more interesting to look at than its front side

2014/12/14

day of rest

Filed under: architecture — WmX @ 11:42
rocking chair

UVAHSC used to have an informal policy regarding pictures hanging in the hospital: “no pictures of empty chairs”.

2014/11/21

Woolen Mills

Filed under: architecture,neighborhood — WmX @ 09:25

window in a stairwell
Window in a stairwell of the Charlottesville Woolen Mills 4 storey building

2014/09/28

day of rest

Filed under: architecture,awe — WmX @ 04:17

arthur ravenel jr bridge
Michael J Abrahams PE, Chief Gesigner of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

2014/08/31

day of rest

Filed under: architecture,God,Virginia — WmX @ 00:49

Waddell Memorial Presbyterian Church
Waddell Memorial Presbyterian Church, 7133 Rapidan Road, Rapidan, Virginia
Carpenter Gothic, built in 1874, in the Rapidan National Historic District

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