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A Walk Along Chicago's Riverfront

22 Aug 2018
Image Credit: Sketches by Lawrence Kavanagh
Architectural Credit: Various
Sketches and text by Lawrence Kavanagh 
Architect, OAA
This post is part of our summer 2018 blOAAg series, Summer Sketches: Capturing the Essence of Architectural Ideas. 

The following collection of sketches were executed during a recent trip to Chicago in June and illustrate a walk along the revitalized city riverfront, each bridge forming the initial point of interest but in a city context. I rarely take photos when I travel anymore (only if time is too short). I much prefer to take some time to sketch a scene that strikes me as a fine composition or a compelling view.

Clark Street Bridge, Chicago

State Street Bridge, Chicago

I paint landscapes in watercolours (I am a member of the Toronto Watercolour Society) and exhibit regularly. I find sketching is a critical process in capturing that which is important in a building, a cityscape or a countryside and embedding it in one's memory. I can think of no better way of capturing the essence of a building or urban setting than sketching it.

Left: Dearborn Street Bridge
Right: Chicago Tribune Tower 

A sketch in-situ, like one executes when developing a design, focuses on that which is most important in the design, the features, or even underlying structure that strikes one as beautiful. I used to sketch strictly in pencil but was encouraged to take up a technical pen by an artist friend who has been encouraging my work to be bolder and more expressive in my art. This is seeping into my architectural design as well!

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April 11, 2019 17:55 by Anonymous

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October 31, 2018 05:00 by Anonymous

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September 19, 2018 11:33 by Anonymous
Simple sketches, probably done a large bag of state of boring, doesn't look professional. Anyway, architects in North America are more business men than artists.

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