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The sheltering mirror

In the US, we focus too often on practical projects ignoring design and aesthetics as inessential and "expensive".

In France, city centers are treated much more like gardens: constantly improved, restored, ameliorated.  But there is another, more subtle, and very important difference.  In France, city authorities act on public spaces with more conviction and flare (despite the fact that most french cities have a much older fabric than american ones).

To explain: the french are much more likely to plop a shiny, ultra-modern public-use space in the middle of a 19th century neighborhood.  The americans, even in a much later, early 20th century neighborhood, will be less daring, trying to make the space feel "older", use brick, have less personality, "fit in". 

The french approach is riskier, but, often, gives rise to new classics: buildings & spaces that have long lasting value, international influence, and, most importantly, a sense that aesthetics are still alive & that our cultures can still create public beauty.  By their timidity, americans act as if, aesthetically, we have reached the end of history (that once we got to the high point of the Chrysler Building, there is no use trying) so we might as well built inoffensively.

This public space is in Marseille, and it is a delight.  Try to figure out how it works & what it's for (no googling)!

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Alpine wildflower lookouts are on select hiking trails in the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience network. Check them out > http://bit.ly/2asTeSA || #360ofWB

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