Path Gallery

An overall model for deciding to walk

The decision to walk is prompted by hunger or some other need, by places that satisfy the need, moderated by an individual\'s abilities and outlooks, leading to a stroll or other kind of walk, brief or long. One model encompasses all those factors.

The importance of walking in cities

People strolling and lingering outdoors prove cities are livable. Cities are the future of the planet, so design that attracts urban dwellers outdoors is critical to planetary well being.

Walking in Lucca, Tuscany

City walls, narrow streets and political decisions limiting car traffic make Lucca a haven for pedestrians and cyclists.

Portland Oregon

Portland, Oregon, started its renaissance in the 1980s with a waterfront park instead of a highway along the banks of the Willamette River, which runs through the center of the city. By moments the park has drawn some of the largest crowds in the state’s history.

The High Line

At $100 million a mile to construct, the High Line in lower Manhattan is proof that walkways have come of age, again.


A directional circuit path at the Rousham estate in Oxfordshire helped English landscape design leap the garden wall and make all nature a garden.


At Manitoga in the Hudson Highlands industrial designer Russel Wright poised his house above a quarry pond and built naturalistic loop trails to invite exploration. [Under construction.]

Dumbarton Oaks

Walkways at this Washington, D.C., estate orient visitors across extensive grounds in a variety of ways.

A new front walk

Designing a new front walk for a suburban house posed more challenges than expected and raised larger issues about path design.

A Field Path

A beaten track across a field in coastal Maine veered away from its obvious destination. Discovering why it did so revealed a fundamental underpinning of path design.