Portico: Industrial

For the first few months after I moved in to my apartment, this building nearby was covered in scaffolding.  I’ve been thinking about how scaffolding creates temporary spaces in the streetscape of a city.

This pedestrian archway holds its own beauty: the yellow-caged lightbulbs, one with its slight tilt, the slender gleam of the braces, the wood and rust.  The experience of partial enclosure, of being on and also apart from the street.

Over the past few weeks, the scaffolding has come down from this building in sections, until now it’s completely removed.  My experience walking this sidewalk is palpably different since.  There is a change in the way my vision focuses.  A way this pop-up urban architecture shifts the dynamic of place.


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