AIA is never just about architecture but is always about experiencing place. And one could spend days walking around this place uncovering mysteries and photographing exquisitely designed shuttered and balconied buildings. There is just so much character here, it continuously surprises. My colleague Jenna McKnight and I wondered together why such balconies don’t exist in places up north, and realized it must be due to the weight of snow coming down in winter. What follows is a collection of amateur photos of May 12-13 experiences.
On route to the House of Blues, an astonishingly talented group of street musicians were standing on the street playing dixie land new Orleans style, jamming and drawing a large crowd. This is the kind of serendipity that seems to happen here constantly.
From there our party proceeded to The House of Blues, where Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope put on a party of ambitious dimensions. Singer/songwriter Janelle Monae and her ensemble of musicians and performers/dancers keep the audience captivated and moving to the beat of her rhythmic, R&B performance.