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That, which illuminates my room.

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The now unused (and most likely unsafe for any vehicles) narrow bridge that is part of the now condemned path of San Francisquito Road Ca. looks to have some nice water flow accumulated beneath, from the downpour of rain which we received last week.

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While on my hike at Lake Elizabeth, I decided to cross the road by way of tunnel (towards the hillside where my prior photos had been taken from) through a storm drain which lay directly underneath the road.

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The most noticeable remains (as seen from California hwy138) of the failed socialist utopian commune of the early 1900’s known as Llano Del Rio.

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Just a view of the water channels from the opposite side of the street strip in San Pedro where the SS Lane Victory ship is currently docked.

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While in Las Vegas NV. a couple of months back. I couldn’t help but be drawn to an interesting building design which was under construction. I really have no idea what it is, when it will be finished, or what it will look like when it is completed but, I do hope that it will be a functional piece of architecture as opposed to just a large artsy bit of extra wasted steel and constructional labor work. At the least, I would hope it will be a large lighted canopy, or a floor level that you can walk underneath and be able to appreciate the design work up close.

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When driving to or from Los Angeles via the 101 fwy, one may not help but notice this gargantuan steel structure from off to the side of the road. I have seen it often and wondered what it was so, after a little research, I have discovered it is part of a Los Angeles high school, designed by the Coop Himmelb(l)au architecture firm.
Now, while browsing the web you can find pictures and stories about the entire school, which looks to be a fascinating design of architecture but, from the freeway the photographed pieces which I have captured happens to be only the school’s tower centerpiece.
After seeing this tower, some may not help but think about how awesome it would be to get inside or walk through all that steel however, when researching the functionality of this grande sized art piece, I have come to discover that that, is all it is!
Reading about the cost to build this school, which was nearly triple it’s first estimated cost, and then finding out that this tower strayed from its original idea (to be used as a special events room and could be rented out) and is now also completely unusable with zero functionality, it cannot help but to evoke the thought of “What a waste of potential, taxpayer money, and steel!”
Although I do not mind extravagant art and sculptures at times, especially if an artist is investing their own money into it, but when it happens to be city/county approved and funded with citizens tax dollars (while many know or have heard of all those school district budget cuts, debts, teacher layoffs, etc.) I cannot help but feel that this visually stunning architectural work here is just a bit of showy arrogance and a failure of truly good functional architecture.
If I am wrong in thinking this, I would love to have some light shed on what I believe to be just ostentatious design and wasted space.
I must admit, it does make a nice and interesting picture though!

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A very unusual building in Las Vegas, the Cleveland Clinic Center Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health designed by Architect Frank Gehry, and located below the World Market Center appears to be kind of an oxymoron between its designing and what the building is for.