SAHARA Highlights: Cityscapes, Townscapes, and Aerial Views

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Jan 30, 2019

Often we need to get some distance on a site to understand its physical context. SAHARA contributors have submitted images of old and new cities and towns from a variety of perspectives, taking photographs from towers, cable cars, viewing platforms, drones—and there are some good old airplane window shots, too. Thank you, as always, to our contributing members.

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Dresden, Germany. Photo taken from the Frauenkirche viewing platform by Deyemi Akande, 2017.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo by Mary Ellen Sigmund, 1985.

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Florence, Italy, looking north. Photo taken from the Campanile by Marvin Trachtenberg, 1999.

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Ordu, Turkey. Ordu was heavily damaged by a major fire in 1883, and again by a major earthquake in 1939 – it is still being rebuilt. Photo taken from a cable car by Gökçe Önal, 2013.

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Seattle, Washington. Photo taken from the Seattle Space Needle by John S. Stec, 1979.

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Rumah Pangsa public housing (PKNS, State housing authority, ca 2000) and Surau as-Hidayah mosque, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The photograph was taken from the 86th floor of Petronas Towers by Dell Upton, 2014.

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Himeji, Japan. Photo taken looking west from Himeji Castle by Dell Upton, 2006.

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Kópavogskirkja, south of Reykjavik, Iceland. Designed by Hörður Bjarnason in 1957, it opened in 1963 and is Iceland’s oldest church. Drone photograph by Danielle Willkens, 2016.

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Saint-Martin-du-Canigou Abbey, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 11th century (restored). Photograph taken from southeast by Allan T. Kohl, 2015.




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