ABX 2016

Like all good things eventually have to, ABX 2016 - the annual Architecture Boston Expo - has come to an end. And of course I had to visit and take a look at all the vendor booths, installations, and the photo exhibit, which was spread throughout the expo floor.

 
 

I loved seeing the amazing work that has been created by my fellow Bostonian photographers and to see some of my friends' names on the exhibit floor. Keep an eye out for my work if you happen to visit next year...

 
 

It was great to see many familiar faces this week and also to meet new people from all over the world - particularly from my home country, Germany, which gave me the chance to speak my native language for a bit, for example with the fun crew of Gaggenau Kitchens. 

I just had to stop by their booth - not only because I was hoping to speak to someone from home - but also because I've been a long-time fan of their timeless designs. The company just celebrated their 333-year anniversary!

Some great eye-catchers were the interesting installations on the expo floor, such as interactive games and the big balloon installation, in which the opening night party was hosted.

 
 

Below is a picture of this year's winner of the Quad Competition (sponsored by What's In, Stantec and ABX2016), an international design competition for a social space installation. The task was to create a meaningful and impactful installation that encourages social interactions. Cost and feasibility of construction were critical factors to consider in the process.

The winning design (among 6 finalists) was created by KiKi ARCHi, a Tokyo-based architecture design firm led by Yoshihiko Seki. 

 
 

This has been such an amazing event, and I can't wait to see what the BSA has planned for next year! 

Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered

In my quest to learn more about my favorite city and the history of its architecture, I recently signed up for a walking tour of Boston, which was hosted by the Boston Society of Architects and sponsored by Boston by Foot

Alice was our tour guide, and we started out in Scollay Square at the newly built Government Center T stop where the group learned all about what went into this great project.

I was surprised to find out that Scollay Square was originally supposed to look like the big market plaza in Siena, Italy. While the bricks were a good start, the surrounding office buildings reminded me more of East Germany in the 90s. ;-)

Afterwards we worked our way through Quincy Market, the North End, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and ended at Longwharf, just in time to witness the most beautiful pink sunset from the Harborwalk.

It was amazing to learn how Boston has reinvented itself over and over again throughout the last decades, to adjust to an ever growing population and change in business and industry demands. 

 
 Architecture Tour Through Boston
 

Since I am a big fan of small and weird details, one of my favorite things I learned during this tour was that some of the electric lamps in the North End (and throughout Boston) have been changed back to the original gas lamps.  And when you look closely, you can see that they still say E.L. for "Edison Lighting" on the side. 

 
 Architecture Tour Through Boston
 

It's easy to take things around you for granted when you commute every day or you are in a rush. So next time you're on your way to work or just out for a stroll, look up and around you.

Boston has so many layers and hidden treasures and there is always something new to discover.

 
 Architecture Tour Through Boston
 

This is Me

Welcome to my blog and first blog entry! I am really excited about this, since I love to write and share things that inspire me.

A little info about me and what I do: My name is Sabine (pronounced like Sa-bee-nah - for all my fellow Bostonians out there) and I am an architectural photographer, food truck fan, outdoor enthusiast and movie dork.

I was born and raised in Germany until I decided it was time to spread my wings and see what the world looks like across the Atlantic Ocean. So I moved to the United States in my early twenties to improve my English for a year...or so was the plan at least.

To my mother's dismay, I really liked it here and decided to stay just a little longer. It has been exactly 10 years now and I think it is safe to say my English has improved.

My background is in Hotel Management and I spent the first years of my stay here in a uniform, greeting and serving guests from all over the world in one of Boston's biggest hotels.

A few years ago, I decided to take classes at the New England School of Photography and fell head-over-heels in love with architectural photography. 

I have always had a deep appreciation for great design and architecture but it had never occurred to me that photographing it would be my secret passion.

So I traded in the uniform to capture New England's buildings and construction sites, crawling through mud in a hard hat with a smile on my face. 

 
 Industrial Photography at Construction Site in Brookfield Massachusetts
 

Hope to see you soon at a construction site near you!

- Sabine