Russel Wright, America’s first renowned industrial designer and the man behind the path network at Manitoga, affirmed in all his work that “My desire is to add to American culture an intimacy with nature.”
“When she saw the lilac we had to cross the street and take the wheelchair right up to the bush for her to really smell the fragrance. It was very important to her. To feel the flowers, to somehow come close.” ―Nursing home staffer
These days we work hard to avoid smells–using colognes, perfumes and scented candles to hide our own odors and those in the rooms around us. But the power of scent cannot be denied to attract us out the door and to remember the garden paths we’ve walked.
Designing for sound is more challenging than designing for viewing, but more rewarding as well.
Besides obstacles ahead, we slow down to enjoy a shop window or chat with an acquaintance, so we are regularly seeking places to walk, stand, and sit that have adequate sightlines. We also enjoy looking at a fountain, a flower, and a Beaux Arts cherub so designers need to assure sightlines to such features from […]
What we can make out at different distances about people approaching us heavily impacts the design of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Do you know the order in which our senses come into play as we approach a neighbor, or a rose?
An alternation of sun and shade, sun and shade, sun and shade is almost always a palpably preferred path pattern.
After safety, walkers seek comfort in a pleasant micro-climate, which can be designed for.
We fear going outdoors more than we should, but well designed paths can make a difference.