Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Backstage Spaces #4, Greenleaf Alley

I've been working periodically on some drawings of alleys and other service spaces in the neighborhood.  Sometimes it's a relief to go behind the geometry and ornament of a  facade to admire the more functional aspects of a building--  electrical connections, trash receptacles, parking, circulation... all of messy vitality that makes life in a dense city possible.  And then you see the real value of the alley.  It allows the illusion of order to step forward, no matter how much garbage might be stacked up in back.

Alley West of Clark between Greenleaf and Estes (2017)



4 comments:

  1. One of the very best alleys is here in Rogers Park. It is the only one with its own sidewalk. Brickwork on an adjacent building is fantastic / unique.

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