Safety first applies to paths. Only an open space allowing for a walk precedes in importance the need for feeling safe as a prerequisite for our taking a walk. Heading for a critical destination feeling safe is desirable; for taking a stroll feeling safe is imperative. We read as pre-eminent signs of safety the existence […]
To see how protected seats and alcoves with long views serve paths and vice versa, look no farther than Rousham in Oxfordshire.
Prospects and refuges, fundamental to our feeling of safety outdoors, are hardwired to walking because they are reached by paths, which also form escape routes.
Why do we gravitate to places where we can see and not be seen?
Our reactions to paths and landscapes as a whole may derive from what early man needed for survival on the grassy plains of Africa all those eons ago.
It’s not just what paths put in front of our brains that matters, it’s also what our brains put in front of paths that determines whether we walk or not.
How do we think of a landscape when we’re thinking about walking somewhere? The German psychologist Kurt Lewin had an answer.
We walk outdoors to satisfy needs. The greater the need the farther we walk and the more who walk. So the importance of the need that a place serves helps predict how big a path we’ll need to get there.
When do we walk and why? A graduate student developed an overall model of the factors that contribute in each of us to answering that question.