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Amazing building sites

I suppose most people have heard of a suburb that was built on a farmer's land, which is generally flat & featureless. (& the buildings too!) So what would be the opposite of that? Here's what I'm thinking of (some will be familiar I'm sure):

Oia, Santorini:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbatistini/1558043301/

The Goreme Cones of Cappadocia, Turkey:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sergiopigo/2671416374/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/petates/1323386335/



St George's Church in Lalibela, Abyssinia (Ethiopia), carved out of rock, like Petra in Jordan:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenschmen/1349863273/

monastery in Meteora, Greece (sorry about the HDR):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9679326@N04/2516418010/

Mont St Michel, France:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/markwharris/2677373667/

Penon Velez de la Gomera, one of the Spanish Plazas de soberanía (places of sovereignty) on the coast of Morocco:


Penon de Alhucemas (another one):



Macchu Picchu & Petra are a couple others that could go on this list but I'm not going to look ofr pic right now. & I couldn't find decent pics of Guilin quickly enough, but I'm sure they're out there. I'll find some tomorrow I'm sure.

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change the thread title: AMAZING building sites... wow.
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Great idea!

Yea they are some breathtaking views there.
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Amazing.

Where are the buildings in the third one? I can't find them.
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Amazing.

Where are the buildings in the third one? I can't find them.
there are no "buildings!" The cones are hollowed out & people live inside.
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Okay, I kind of thought so, like the one above it. Thanks.
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I will never remember who said it, but I do recall reading an article a few years ago wherein an urban expert stated that the three American cities with the most spectacular natural settings were Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Asheville.

Some other cities I can recall as having great settings from photo threads I looked at here were Rapid City, SD; Twin Falls, ID; and Cincinnati. Even our old standbys like New York and Miami have really great natural settings, you have to admit. New York with those rivers and the Palisades across the Hudson and Miami with the barrier island.
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I suppose most people have heard of a suburb that was built on a farmer's land, which is generally flat & featureless. (& the buildings too!) So what would be the opposite of that?
The endless expanse of the prairie has a huge degree of richness, and served as a source of inspiration for Frank Lloyd Wright. People from the prairies sometimes find places with more definable features, such as mountains, to be claustrophobic. Flat is a feature, and a unique one at that.
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I was thinking of the opposite of this sort of thing, which I doubt FLW would be impressed with:




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The first three pics in your last set (Guilin) is among the most incredible landscapes I've ever seen
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But this topic is about sites, not architectural responses to site. Guilin's architecture is quite poor, and has no relation to its spectacular backdrop. The same could be said for Hong Kong (maybe some good architecture, but limited relationship to its hills or harbour) or Rio De Janeiro (with the exception of its favela's, which are very interesting responses). Maybe in that sense, these cities are just as poor as the suburban sprawl you posted.
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well according to Wikipedia, there was a poet & government official called Fan Chengda who lived from 960-1279 who said "I often sent pictures of the hills of Guilin which I painted to friends back home, but few believed what they saw." (he probably could have said that about Guilin, Yangshuo or anywhere else along the Li River)

here's a better one of Guilin:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24352240@N00/415936181/

Artena, also near Rome:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninjess/2867187595/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/neapolis/2789469657/

Dogon villages in Mali:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightblue/128655871/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/imanc/559952146/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/zrimshots/2237272815/

Macchu Picchu of course:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/80364873@N00/236288210/

Petra, Jordan:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/smart_viral/534363502/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpmiss/457470243/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankenschulz/2974137041/
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Viñales Valley, Cuba:

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All the images are great finds. Simply beautiful. These pics remind me of the series on Showtime named Weeds. Not sure if you have seen it. But they look exactly like the intro of each show. Well last episode series, this series it is different.

I have enjoyed viewing all the pics. thank you for sharing. My husband nabbed a few for backgrounds for his computer.

Thanks
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