Solitary strolling paths are as ancient as a Chinese scholar’s garden and as modern as a walk in the park.
Walking without a destination, strolling, sauntering, meandering about, is seldom pointless. Path design can support strolls’ purposes.
How did Capability Brown convert the measly Glyme River into part of an international tourist attraction?
Goals are such powerful motivators of walking that a goal and its path can be considered a single thing.
“My walking is of two kinds: one straight on end to a definite goal at a round pace; one, objectless, loitering, and purely vagabond. In the latter state, no gypsy on earth is a greater vagabond than myself; it is so natural to me, and strong with me, that I think I must be the […]
Size and shape are only two of the requirements for successful public plazas. The most attractive plazas are also properly located, furnished, and related to adjacent buildings. These matters poorly done deal death to public spaces. Successful plazas are located in or next to the most frequented parts of town and can be seen from […]
To invite us to linger, an open space must not be too enclosed (a prison cell) or too open (vulnerable on all sides).
If where we want to sit, stand, or socialize is the same place where other people want to walk, run, or jog, user, we have a problem, and it’s the designer’s fault.