Looking at this exciting scale model, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're looking at plans for the Shopping Bag building in Tysons Corner... except, wait. Trees. They don't do trees in Tysons. So where do they like trees and stuff? Oh, yeah -- Reston.
That's right -- this is a scale model of an earlier plan for Reston Town Center, which borrowed from the storied architectural traditions of "Fairfax County's downtown" by having overscaled buildings positioned too far away from each other and with too little relation to each other in an incoherent, car-focused cityscape, only with some junior architect deciding at the last minute to run out to Toys R Us to pick up some Playmobil trees to signify token respect for Reston's love of "open space." Nice!
We've seen an aerial perspective of this early model before, but it's only at the ground level that we can see how narrowly we missed building another Tysons Corner right in the middle of our earth-toned community. And as it's grown, Reston Town Center has certainly managed to look more organic and -- dare we say it? -- citylike than this ever would have, the end.