JWE 04 - 07 - 2010

Had we only went to London, my opinion of England may have been a little skewed. The foggy cityscape was a lot like other big cities we've visited on this trip: built up and dense. However, after spending two days in Malham we got to see another side of England, a country of both power and beauty. As dense and built up as London was, Malham was as open and wild. After spending 3 months traveling mostly through some of the largest, most dense, and most populated cities in the world, the scenic landscape of Malham was a welcomed escape. The landscape, although mostly bare of other people, still offered a great deal of visual stimulation for us as we passed through. While the two sketchs are very different from one another, both sketches were examples of progressions into landscapes that represent a side of England. One is an example of dense inner city England, while the other is an example of the wild landscape of England. Both draw similarities in the fact that they both represent the progression into built up landscapes. The one from London represents a progression or pathway into a inner city space, while the other represents a progression into a landscape of wilderness. Both are beautiful spaces in their own right. The scene from London showcases man's capability at creating a a distinct space through the use of building materials and forced landscape features. The scene from Malham shows natures ability to create a distinct space without any of the same things. With both, the pathway changes spaces as it changes scales. Both go from a flat landscape into a built up landscape. With the sketch of the London, you see how the built form can dictate a landscape. The built form creates a clean and sleekcityscape. The glass facades and planned out grass public spaces create the atmosphere of the river side public space. The wide open and organic hillsides of Malham represent the wild terrain of the English country side. Itís interesting to see the difference between a completely natural terrain like Malham and the built up city of London. Both however represent distinct sides of England, and are an important part of what makes it what it is.

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