Thursday, November 19, 2015

The view from above and below.. or I may have to eat my words!



On Monday in the city we walked to the jetty to see how the Elizabeth Quay project is progressing. A weird and most unexpected reaction.. I confess I didn't hate it as much as I was expecting to.  If you have a minute check out this short video and let me know what you think. The only thing I have a problem with is the skyscrapers that will eventually pop up around the perimeter of the inlet and compromise the familiar Perth city-scape, I'm not comfortable with that, I feel more thought should have gone into the melding of old and new, there's still a long way to go..


On the way home we stopped in Kings Park to get a different perspective. I've been taking photos from up there since the project began, will be interesting to put them together when the project is fini to see the gros :) changes. These shots were taken an hour apart, you can see how changeable the weather has been these last few days. Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe..p.s. did you watch the video, what did you think?






22 comments:

  1. Smashingly produced video. Actually it looks like very much what they are trying to do in Honolulu and I suspect everywhere else. Good to see you

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  2. The video itself looks interesting, though I find it speaks volumes that they've disabled comments on it, perhaps not wanting to deal with any negative comments?

    We'll see what happens with it. I've come to the conclusion that the word of a developer isn't worth a damn.

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  3. I've watched the video and everything looks nice, but I'm not a big fan of concrete... Love the two arches bridge though.

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  4. I watched the video and everything looked great but an artist rendition can often look totally unlike the finished product. Our lakeshore has become overwhelmed by highrise condos in some areas.

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  5. My problem with these sorts of projects is who is really pushing for it and profiting from it. Is it the developers or the residents of the community?

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  6. I am amazed by Perth. It seems like it just keeps growing. The artistic bit is great and I do love that about your photo essays so I understand what you're saying about the old and new. You live in such a fascinating place. I could live there I think:)

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  7. That video was mesmerizing both in the beauty depicted and the technology that went into making it. If it turns out looking like that it might end up being worthwhile. It will be interesting to watch as it develops and see how close they come to the vision.

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  8. I do hope they preserve some of that green space.

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  9. Too busy a place for this guy!

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  10. That's a memo project Grace, sadly it will change the Perth skyline. Where there is a view of water developers will develop to capacity, good job you've got the before pictures as a memory...

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  11. Looks like work will continue for quite some time.

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  12. Rather a lot of moorings for rich peoples' boats. I quite like the island. Maybe as the trees grow they will offer more shade but there doesn't seem to be very much in the fly through.

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  13. Mmmmmm..... still not convinced! Not much shade from those silly Palm trees. Thank goodness for Kings Park.

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  14. The video is beautifully done and it looks to be an ambitious project. I love the bridge and the island. I would be worried that it doesn't turn out exactly as planned.

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  15. You will be able to compile a fascinating time-line of the project from the photos on top of the hill Grace. Keep an open mind. It may turn out all right in the end. I did not like Federation Square when they were building it but now admit that it is a huge success.

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  16. A huge project, but interesting to follow the developpements. One time it will be as it has always been there.

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  17. This is quite a large undertaking, I'll be interested to see it finished. When I was in Australia, I was only able to spend one day looking around Perth. I was staying in Attadale so could see the big buildings of Perth from the river bank. Visited friends in Riverdale, and then spent time in Margaret river, Augusta and Albany. Loved every minute!

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  18. The video looks great, nice to see the progress. That arched bridge is quite nice.
    I agree that eventually in the next 10 years or so when all the buildings are up it might look a bit of a jungle and poor Swan Tower will be dwarfed...

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  19. Perth is such a beautiful city. Why change a thing?

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  20. Hm. I still can´t make up my mind, Grace. The green island looks good, but all in all it looks so... well, what it is, artificial. Like trying to be "cool" as Sydney or such, which would be a shame since Perth really does not need to compete, it´s beautiful and unique.
    On the other hand... you cannot stop progress.
    I´ll have to see the real thing to really judge. But, wow, the video sure is cool.

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