By Emery A. ’17
During my class's expedition to Seattle to view the city's architecture, I didn't have a clear idea about what to expect. I anticipated seeing interesting looking buildings, but beyond that I wasn't sure. I ended up being astonished by the history behind so many of the buildings we saw, the amount of construction, and the influence major corporations like Amazon have over the city. I never knew anything about how much development was going on so close to home, and how fantastical so much of it would end up looking, or even how much of the city already looks vibrant and unique.
The first photograph I've selected is of a lower income housing structure within the city. Despite how intriguing much of the architecture had been in Seattle, I hadn't noticed much in the way of strong, solid colors. Therefore, seeing this particular building was refreshing, as the various patterns of color coating numerous buildings made a small, solid colored building like this unexpected and pleasing.
The second photograph is of a part of Seattle from an angle that I enjoyed. There's the clear contrast between the darker buildings on the left and the lighter ones on the right, the road that acts as a clean shot down the middle, splitting up the two sides, and the crane off to the side, highlighting the staggering amount of construction in Seattle.
The final photograph is of a series of domes being built by Amazon in Seattle, that in the future will be filled with plant life. Immediately, these buildings intrigued me, and for obvious reasons. Amidst the panoply of building styles in Seattle, these domes were the only ones of their kind that we came across, and the fact they'd be filled with plant life and only accessible by Amazon employees added a level of mystique to them, like something out of a novel.