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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rain


Part of why I moved to Oakland is because its sunnier here, but I find that I really love rainy days at PCL because the courtyards are at their best. The landscape design here won a bunch of awards, most notably a national honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2010. And don't get me wrong when I say they are at their best in the rain, because I also love having lunch in the courtyards on a sunny day, or the fact that I pass people who always give a friendly smile or hello every time I come and go in the mornings and evenings. But when it rains the courtyards take on a really lush, jungle-like quality, with the water flowing from the roof, through the river beds of recycled glass, where it softens the edges of everything creating an almost mythical quality to the spaces. Its pretty wonderful.

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