Textures of Sydney has been something I've thought about for many years. Even before I wrote my thesis I was always drawn to admire the textural details of this beautiful city that is my home.
Exploring the city in depth for my honours thesis brought an even deeper level of appreciation and understanding. I could see why I was so attracted to those textures and I also saw how they were a reflection of the character and personality of the city.
Every city is different, it has a personality and a distinctiveness that is clear. You don't need to glimpse the Eiffel Tower to know those streets are Paris just as you don't need to be staring at the Opera House to know you are experiencing something distinctly "Sydney".
Icons may be an easy symbol to identify a city by but there is so much more to a city than that.
Instead look around at the buildings, the textures, the architectural details, the colours and materials that have built the city and you can start to find some common threads. Paris buildings have a certain colour of stone that is different from the stones that built London or Melbourne or Sydney.
Sydney is a modern city built of glass and sandstone. The sandstone blocks that first formed it echo the landscape from which it has emerged, the harbour and coastal curves that twist around. The glass is light and airy, it reflects the sparkling water caught in the full glare of sunshine. The harbour and beaches that are so characteristic of Sydney can be seen reflected in the buildings of the CBD. All qualities of character that make Sydney unique and special in the world.
The purpose of this blog is to celebrate these beautiful textures of Sydney as well as everything else that defines the character of Sydney. The aim is also for this blog to become a collaborative project where others may share their views, perspectives and experiences of these details.