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Excellent Thoughts and Photos on Desire Lines

Among my more popular posts is Way more about paths at UC Berkeley than you’d ever want to read. It got some recent traction, and in the comments were a couple of interesting items I wanted to call to people’s attention.

Phil gives us a fab photo of paths in front of the Hotel Moskva.

Robin Sloan and a colleague published “On the Beaten Path,” which attempts to find the applied math in such wanderings.

  1. I have a feeling that the crossing paths in front of South Hall (I’m rusty on the building names at Cal) may be more about baroque aesthetics than actual use, but it could be either. Baroque diagonal axes tend to be more useful than right angle paths.

    I’m sure Christopher Alexander talks about pathways, in either A Pattern Language or the book about the university his team designed.

    david Flores

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