Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whack Your Head Wednesday

Don't Force It

#31 An architect built a cluster of office buildings around a central green. When construction was completed, the landscape crew asked him where he wanted the sidewalks. "Just plant the grass solidly between the buildings," was his reply. By late summer the new lawn was laced with paths of trodden grass between the buildings. These paths turned in easy curves and were sized according to traffic flow. In the fall, the architect simply paved the paths. Not only did the paths have a design beauty, they responded directly to user needs. What are you forcing? Where could you ease off?


Spirited Earth said...

very zen, thanks for the shoving..let it flow.

EmandaJ said...

Hi Linda,

Ages ago I worked in the design department of the maintenace facility for a private university. We were always trying to keep students off the grass and ON the existing sidewalks. Then we hired a landscape designer who was Buddhist -- he came up with the most wonderful plantings with little mounds and flowers that kept the students on the existing paths. Zen indeed.

P.S. Thanks for following my blog!