Night Viewing

As a devotee of architecture and building design, I feel that I can see things about a structure that others don’t. It takes a trained eye and a lot of time put into the field. I can assure you that every little detail adds up to a complete whole, so it must all attract your attention when you are creating a functional space and nothing must be left out. I love comparing different time periods, particularly the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. There hasn’t been a revolution so to speak, but a lot of innovation has gone on to brand the newer structures as more modern. I reject a lot of old design that I feel tried too hard to make a statement and now just looks weird. Let’s keep the past where it belongs and work toward more appealing visual architecture that works better in a new context.

I am studying the local library right now since it is a focal point in the town and an example of the type of architecture I like. It was so outdated and has been recently remodeled to become a prototype of public buildings that work. Because it is center city, and because it is open at night, a lot of attention was paid to the lighting. As you walk around in a complete panoramic circle, you see different architectural elements like piers and posts that make a pattern due to the lighting effects. With my large police flashlight, I can make my way in the dark in order to be able to take in the finer points of the library.

I did run into a bit of a problem, however, because of the flashlight. It drew too much attention to my presence. I probably looked like a not-so—subtle thief casing the joint as I shone my bright light on the windows and doors. The security guard seem to come out of nowhere with a grand flashlight of his own. He shone it on my face and uttered a brisk “halt!” How was I going to explain what I was doing? I didn’t have any kind of official architect’s identification on me that would justify my close scrutiny of the library. I began to tell him my story. I think I came off as authentic as I recited the names of all the various building parts: posts and lintels, pediments, etc. He seemed to believe me as what thief would have a grasp of such a vocabulary. He proceeded to say that he would not call the police and interrupt my night viewing. It made perfect sense to him by this time. In fact, he asked me to take him on a tour to point out the glorious usage of innovative light. I explained that it was for safety purposes as well as a rich visual appearance. I suspected that the library would be a nice place for a night walk for people wanting to kill a little time after dinner. He thought it was genius.