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Old July 8th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Quirky/cool and unexpected urban spaces and architecture.

Hello all!

I'm a big fan of quirky and unexpected urban spaces and architecture and i thought it would be nice to create a thread showcasing your favorite urban space.

Wath I mean are these random places you find tucked away in alleys or back street (or main streets for that matter) with some special undefinable appeal (or sometimes with an obvious appeal). Basically it could be anything from a nice little townhouse, a cozy little park, an entire street or just a part of it, or maybe some sort of commercial establishment. Old or new, ugly or beautiful, chaotic or organized, doesn't matter as long as it has that special something that makes it interesting. I'd rather not see examples of big housing blocks, highrises and things of that nature, I'm more looking for the small places that would be easy to miss if you didn't look for it, or that might be insignificant for others, but in some way speaks to you personally.

I'm thinking the back alleys of Tokyo should be filled with such places. I know the "sois" of Bangkok are. Melbourne would probably also be a good contender. But it would be cool to see what examples there are around the world.

So c'mon people! Post your favorite urban space and/or piece of architecture

EDIT: I've added some examples from Bangkok.

Guerilla gardening #1. The green patches, plants and roof top terraces really makes the city feel like an urban jungle...


Guerilla gardening #2


Mother Nature vs. Man


Street food, can be found all over the city.


Urban mess. Even though it's totally ugly I somehow like this completely chaotic mix of buildings. It gives a feeling that you don't have to be a major land developer to make your own footprint on the city. This might not be a good example of great architecture, but it's the "feeling" I'm going for here.


Urban mess #2 I also, strangely, find myself liking these kind of urban spaces. Feels extremely... urban.


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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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Starting such a kind of thread without any examples of yours isn't much of a good idea, mate.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #3
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The Garden at the Carnavalet (Le Marais, Paris)

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gardens of Musee Carnavalet by sparrowlight, on Flickr

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Garden at the Musee Carnavalet by jnmerrit, on Flickr

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Old July 9th, 2011, 01:23 PM   #4
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Starting such a kind of thread without any examples of yours isn't much of a good idea, mate.
You're absolutely right, I've added some examples to my original post
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While I've never been there myself, I've always wanted to visit Paley Park. It just seems like a cool place, hidden away in Manhattan...


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In the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. Interesting if not a little strange, stick a few old train carriages on top of an apartment building and you have a diner.


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The traboules of Lyon are fantastic. They are a feature of the medieval old town (Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site) and are in fact series of connected courtyards. Several courtyards can be connected via vaulted gangways, staiways etc. One enters what from the street looks like a normal building door, only to be then able to wander through several fascinating courtyards, and exit through other doors giving towards other streets. You can try a starcase that can lead you to another courtyard that is situated at a different level.
Inside it's not an actual public space but you can pass freely, take a photo, look at balconies, appartment entrances etc., nobody will mind.
It is speculated that the traboules appeared from the need of workers in the old ages to find their way through the city faster (for deliveries for example).


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Lyon, traboules (1) au cœur des immeubles
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Traboule
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if a bar can be in the trains, why not concret ship?...
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