Friday, December 4, 2009

Rising High in Hobart

Tasmania's State Capital, Hobart is a city full of architecture styles spanning four centuries. This vantage point demonstrates many of the post 1960s modernist high-rise office buildings within the Hobart CBD. In some respects these series of buildings show Hobart 'coming of age' and becoming a 'city' in reaching for the sky. Although there may be reluctance of high-rise in favour of smaller "traditional" buildings, I believe that they are essential if urban sprawl/congestion/pollution is to be avoided. The other interesting thing about the photograph above is that the builds are all mostly from the 1960s/70s. To me the 1960s/70s (like the periods before it) demonstrate a sign of progress and of Hobart becoming a city. Although there must be protection of our built heritage, how much does this come at the detriment of modern urban designs being constructed?

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Join me (Thomas Ryan Photography) on a photographic project documenting Tasmanian 20th Century Modernism from the 1930's to the 1980's. The entire project gallery of 1000+ images and counting can be viewed on my website under art projects. I have been undertaking this project for over a decade.

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