Desire Paths (Flickr Group)
Photo Credits: sziamak, philgyford, iirraa.
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A fissure between planning and use, delineated by an evolving marker of human flow. Desire paths are expressions of free will in planned space. The over-determined, static plan meets the fluid usage and ever evolving destinations of human movement.
Man walks in a straight line because he has a goal and knows where he is going…
- Le Corbusier, The City of Tomorrow
Modernism gave us right-angles and inspired an age of corner cutting. Landscaped new towns gave us simulacral curves that similarly inspired shortcuts in the mud.