Outdoor spaces support walking or lingering or …well….not much at all. How can designers shape outdoors spaces to assure people are comfortable?
The most lively public spaces are sized so that everyone in the space can see and hear everyone else. How big is that?
Since standing soon becomes uncomfortable, we quickly look for something to lean against or, better yet, sit upon. Good design can accommodate that.
Although understanding what prompts vibrant city life has been growing in the past 20 to 30 years, many architects and landscape architects continue to design street furniture with complete disregard for people’s needs.
On paths and in open spaces we linger along edges. This is so true it is called “the edge effect.” People congregate along whatever borders a walkway or space—building fronts, hedges, fences, tree rows. As a result, a critical difference among paths and neighborhoods is the amount of edge they offer walkers. How different we […]
Places to linger require almost equal billing with the paths to reach them for a couple of major reasons.