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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Desire Lines

...finally - I discovered a snippet of writing illustrating an idea that I've been thinking about for years. It has a name: Desire Lines. Pathways defined by the footfalls of people who 'use' the landscape...

"...the foot-worn paths that appear in a landscape over time. Called “desire lines,” these trails demonstrate how a landscape’s users choose to move, which is often not on the paved paths. A smart landscape designer will let wanderers create paths through use, and then pave the emerging walkways, ensuring optimal utility."

http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000361.php