Suggestive Design
ADB 03 - 22 - 2010

In analyzing a variety of landscape and architectural spaces, thus far, a reoccurring concept involves guiding or suggesting paths of movement. One example of this idea exists in Barcelona. A street median has statues placed strategically staggered, alternating, to interrupt and prevent a straight walking path through the space. As each statue blocks the intended path, attention and views are directed to the sculpture. Another instance occurs in the approach to the Acropolis. The ramp leading to the Propylea winds back and forth, increasing anticipation, sense of grandeur, and authority. Again, interrupted views augment the experience, giving glimpses of the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena, and other grand structures. Combining these concepts with structural axis, the first experiment displayed (see picture below, 002) uses multiple ground-materials and benches to suggest a desired path, but without restricting movement entirely. Similarly, other design ideas direct natural or structural elements. For example, in the gardens of Florence, a paving pattern directed runoff drainage away from the footpath to the outsides of the walkway and downhill. Another element, pressure, can be directed by arches. Several types of arches from Islamic to Gothic can help distribute weight, moving it downward. From these concepts, I entertained the comparison between forced paths and pedestrian freedom. Some elements should be strictly guided with forced paths, but pedestrians deserve the right to wonder freely. That's what distinguishes walking from driving or other types of transportation, making pedestrian movement more appealing and giving it preference above vehicular circulation. With these ideas in mind, I brainstormed a couple designs depicted in another experiment (see picture right, 001), looking both at a flat-planed design and terraced concept, which allows further freedom in the form of multiple views.

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