Friday, July 16, 2010
Old and New
When I see a cityscape like this I wonder why we (in New Zealand at least) want to demolish old buildings to make way for new and often inferior equivalents. I like a city that shows its 'growth rings.' I like architectural layers that accumulate over time, layers that build upon each other. It's not essential that either the old or the new be 'perfect architecture,' more important is the need to retain our history. It's like wrinkles on a body - we may not always like them but they are a reality of 'growing up' and accepting them is a sign of maturity. Wanting to get rid of them shows a very definite insecurity. I took these two shots - just two of dozens - in Symonds Street in Auckland.