These are some photographs I took after going to see the newest Harry Potter movie with my husband and three year old son. I have been fascinated by architecture ever since I took an art history course on contemporary architecture at Agnes Scott College. My professor, Katherine Smith, opened my mind to the world of buildings beyond the superficial eye. I wrote a paper on one of the first skyscrapers in the United States, the Reliance Building in Chicago, IL. My hero, Joanna Merwood, wrote an amazing article the first year I wrote a paper (for a lower level course) and, by the time I was enrolled in my senior seminar course (pregnant with my second child and all), she had written an entire book on the Reliance building and Daniel Burnham and all that jazz. Anyways, the point of all this art history talk is that she discussed issues with architecture I never knew existed. At the time, I had been planning on writing my senior seminar paper on the Reliance Building as a predecessor to Mies Van der Rohe and Philip Johnson’s glass skyscrapers. Merwood, however, discussed Burnham’s Reliance Building in relationship to the environmentalists who were threatened by the industrial revolution and skyscrapers, which would cause the city and views to be obstructed and claustrophobic. The glass walls provoked anxiety because of their fragility but pleased the environmentalists because they were easy to clean and were less obstructing than other tall buildings at the time. There is a lot more I could go into, but to save those who aren’t art historians from boredom, I will leave you to think about this in relationships to these photographs of Atlanta skyscrapers in Buckhead. The materials employed seem incredibly difficult to keep squeaky clean, but reflect the sky and appear less obstructing to the eye and city views.