Alleys of Seattle

Documentation pursuit 2

Posted in Uncategorized by seattlealleys on March 16, 2010

This weekend, I began to take some ideas for drawing and sketch documentation into analysis.  This approach looks at the drawing as a machine, where by doing it, it does more than a photograph or a memory on some level.  This method seeks to record planimetric information, elevation, apetures, existing structures, and with a few cuts, perspectival relationships.  I am really excited about the possiblities for this. This work was inspired by a book on Dali and Escher, as well as unfolded architectural drawing styles.

The next project is the exploration of the potential of a fold-out panoramic sketch with this Japanese-inspired sketchbook:

http://www.moleskine.com/catalogue/classic/hard_black_cover/japanese_album__pocket.php

I also took a walk up two alleys I am considering for a sort of theoretical masterplan study.  The alleys between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd run almost completely unobstructed to the Seattle Center beginning just across the street from SAM and Benaroya Hall.  These spaces run through the market area, through the crank in the grid, through the nightlife of Belltown, and through the more marginalized areas.  The security and safety one feels diminishes the further north one goes.  These alleys could literally stitch these fragments together.  There are plenty of interesting conditions along these two paths that warrant reconsideration.  I will post some collages soon on some of the hidden treasures that border both.

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  1. Lucas Gray said, on March 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Hey Dan,

    It would be fantastic if you embedded a google map below each post to show which alley you are exploring and documenting It will be an interesting tool as you start traveling to document international alley examples.

    Great work.

    Peace
    Lucas

  2. Cameron McEwan said, on December 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Great sketchbook extracts, man! Maybe your travels will continue to Scotland!


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