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A graceful combination of eccentric and traditional architecture.
Portland, Oregon, is a city widely known for its civic planning, preservation of historic buildings, attractiveness, and inviting atmosphere.
Within the five-mile downtown district can be found skyscrapers, nineteenth-century cast-iron-front buildings, a riverfront park, old brick warehouses and breweries still in operation, a train station with a 150-foot clock tower, five bridges, and a rich assortment of museums, government buildings, and shops. With more than 250 entries, this comprehensive guide includes the following:
Chinese Classical Garden
U.S. Bancorp Tower
U.S. National Bank Building
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The nature of a city's architecture may not entirely dictate its nature, but it goes a long way toward defining it. The righ balance of glass or wood or metal gives a structure tangible character; the height, shape, color, and essential physical nature of a building influences (or even determines) the experience that a person on the sidewalk has. This is not to overstate the case; as Ada Louise Huxtable wrote, nobody "believes that the architect can solve the ills of society." But the architect does create the environment of a city, and the architect's work shapes the interactions and experiences of those who come in contact with it.
Posted January 9, 2011
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