Brick, Wood & Cushion

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 24 2012

Category: architecture

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Aperture:f/11
Focal Length:40mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/59 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Mostly Red

It’s a neighborhood of tiny rectangles, hefty in hand, but ultimately lego-like in their arrangement. They blanket the entire hill, from sidewalk to building-side. The entire district was built before Jonathan F. Steel figured out how to brew iron with a touch carbon on his stovetop, a moment in culinary history that would change the human built environment forever.

It’s a small place. And it feels small. Its smallness is distinguishable by its very differentiation from the rest of the city. Once you’re outside of it, on level cement sidewalks, it’s just not the same. And so there’s a tendency to stay within it, declare patronage to its coffee shops and burrito joints.

But it is a massive donut around the much smaller world of hardwood and sheetrock. The lining to every room in this clay-fired village. Where data flows on invisible strings, carrying song, delivering correspondence, doing all sorts of things so unimaginable as to be laughable just 100 years ago.

Above the hardwood, on the soft mattress.

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