Expressions of Urban Identity in Architecture

Recently in Slate, architect Witold Rybczynski has taken a keen look at the architectural frontiers of Denver and Seattle. Except for Rybczynski’s characterization of the Denver’s original art museum building as delicate and whimsical, his reviews resonate with my own (far less articulate) impressions.

Set on the high plains at the edge of the Rocky Mountain foothills covered in skies brilliantly blue most of the year, Denver is a city for those who love the outdoors. And its cow-town history still is palpable when the winds blow south from the feedlots in Greeley. Its residents are laid-back, friendly, and unhurried, in spite of ongoing population growth and a budding high-tech industry. Continue reading