The changing nature of space between vehicles in the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Avenue Errazuriz runs along the port rim of Valparaíso offering the most direct means of moving across the city. Looking towards the hills, buildings stand in formal order lining this major corridor while buses, collectivos, dogs, port authorities, residents, visitors, mope heads, and bicyclists make their way back and forth activating this sea edge.
Recently I returned to a series of photographs taken in 2006 while living in downtown Los Angeles titled LA Sun Spots. Each image captures the fleeting sun light as it passed across the built environment of spotted towers, street ways and surface parking lots. Fortunately the grid of downtown Los Angeles is rotated roughly 40 degrees off of North accommodating the contrast of sun-light against shadow-masks and recalling slivered landscapes of canyon configurations. Edges of these urban voids are activated as downtown buildings are placed in this celestial spot-light.
A study of the urban void orientation, geometry and occurrence coupled my search for sun slivers. The metropolis void can be perceived as a three-dimesnional screen catching the shaped light modified by adjacent buildings. Not only does early morning and late afternoon light produced dramatically different results across the same urban void but the light quality at the same time varies depending on the atmosphere.
In the early morning light, with the sun behind us, we crest the ridge of the Gila Mountains on highway 8 and see the Yuma Desert stretch out in front of us. As we dropped into this valley at 75 mph the ground, sky and space are a pure flux of mobility, not just in relation to our moving Nissan Maxima but to an amazing density of non-choreographed hybrid activity.
In partial disbelief, we stop to gage this hive of happenings.
On that Sunday morning Yuma, Arizona manifest the visionary cities of Archigram, Situationist International New Babylon and Cedric Price. Hot air balloons fill the sky moving East, most land in Exit 3’s Love’s Travel Stop parking lot, all stopping just West of the fighter jet flight paths on their cyclical training routes roaring overhead. Birds dart the sky as freight trains pass by. Semi-truck trailers line the landscape awaiting their next voyage. Everything is either in-motion, recently parked from motion or about to engage motion.
Passing Shangri-La , a trailer resort community, we almost find the name authentic and contemplate signing-in to this purely mobile environment of Yuma existence, however only temporal the existence may be.
in Valparaiso moving vertically in an elevator is the exception. typically it is the topography that creates the vertical displacement, not the act of building. stairs, ascensores, and collectivos (community taxies) are common ways people navigate those elevation differences.
Jose Llano, our guest instructor and fantastic educator for the studio, invited me to visit the bag of values building on Arturo Prat avenue in Valparaiso, Chile. Below is our vertical travel via the elevator and clear articulation of floors passed.