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Old October 9th, 2012, 02:17 AM   #1
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Sensory Overload Zones

There is no name for what this thread is supposed to be about, but let them be called 'sensory overload zones'. What I mean is major zones in a city, usually squares or major intersections, which are full of neon lights, colorful advertisements, and giant LCD screens, etc., creating a feast of gaudy color, light and general visual stimulation that excite the soul. Famous examples are Times Square, New York, Piccadilly Circus, London, and the major intersection outside Shibuya Train Station in Tokyo.

But besides these there are surely many more less well-known examples, so please share your pictures of these temples of urbanity

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Old October 9th, 2012, 04:59 AM   #2
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Those are cool but why does "overload" have to be Times Square and others like it?

My city has 79,000 square feet of a whole landscape full of flowers all different colors spread all around
I feel like my eyes are actually eating what I see for it is very beautiful.
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Those are cool but why does "overload" have to be Times Square and others like it?

My city has 79,000 square feet of a whole landscape full of flowers all different colors spread all around
I feel like my eyes are actually eating what I see for it is very beautiful.
Well, I was more thinking about places which light up and really come into their own at night. Flowers may create this effect during the day, but once night falls they aren't visible.

Here is a square one of Guangzhou's main shopping areas, these pictures are a few years old. I don't know the name of the exact location.

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Dundas Square


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sensory overload in London is definitely not Piccadilly. It's the street markets, from the small, bustling neighbourhood ones to those that pull in hundreds of thousands in a day. Over 300 to chose from, streetlife, smells and noises are phenomenal. ON a similar vein, South bank & Soho too.

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Chinese cities by night

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Somewhere in Osaka

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Guangzhou looks so damn awesome.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #15
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A square in Chongqing

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We used to have streets here with plenty of neon signs, however, most have been pulled down as they were deemed 'dangerous' to drivers (i.e. distracting).

In Sydney, remains the (in)famous Coca-Cola sign at Kings Cross at the end of William Street

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the same street used to look like this


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and the Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne..

Then and now

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and on the opposite side of the road, Flinders Street Station was lit up like this in the 50s,


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same happened with London's Piccadilly - Leicester Square. From the 19th Century through to the 1960s the place was festooned with advertising and lights, but gradua;lly the council took them down one by one to reveal the beautiful buildings underneath.






Today only one corner remains

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Old October 26th, 2012, 04:43 PM   #18
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It's a pity really. Thought the buildings are beautiful underneath, they are common in that part of London, while that old neon extravaganza is not common.

But it is a unique and difficult dilemma. It doesn't seem as though the other places pictured in this thread have to make such a tough choice; the lights and adverts don't seem to be concealing beautiful old buildings.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #19
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well tbh the old buildings are quite impressive too




and form the entrance to what is rare in London - although old buildings are fairly common, a unified street of old buildings isn't:

Regent St. This is a sensory overload zone in a different sense.





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I agree that the buildings are impressive, but London has so many other, equally, if not more impressive buildings. I'd love to see Piccadilly Circus returned to its former glory, but at present it's still good. I just love big flashy neons
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