Panoramic view of open pocket in the middle of a block. Yilan.
Cities in the U.S. are generally gridded with all the buildings facing the street. In some cases there is a secondary system of alley, but they only function for garbage collection and parking - no one lives off of an alley and businesses don’t operate off of them. However, the urban fabric of the Taiwanese (and Chinese) cities tend to be much more complex with secondary and tertiary streets or walkways branching off from the main street into a dense block of apartments, businesses, and temples.
This site in Yilan is an example of this typology; however, it opens up in the center in a sea of unused pavement. This lead me to wonder about property ownership: where does the street stop and the temple begin?
Side Note: When I went to construct the panoramic view, I first tried Photomerge. This turned out seamless but only with added perspective, which made it look like a view down a linear street rather than from a single space. I then constructed the view above without adjusting the size or angle of the images. -Theresa