I occasionally run across architect James Cheng taking photos of the city (even his own work!) and ask him to pass along examples. I guess he’s been too modest to do so – until I received this:
I just came across this shot of my Spectrum project that I shot some years ago. I thought you may like to see it as you are always talking the lack of color in our city.
Lack of colour in our architecture maybe derives from the Ericksonian sensibility that the built form should honour our climate and landscape, not compete with it. But I think we carried it to an ironic extreme by trying not to be too extreme.
Things have changed recently, where new proposals are anything but self-effacing – but that’s how the pendulum swings.