paths of desire

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Jan-Dirk van der Burg is not the first to obsess over wrongly designed public spaces, but he’s probably the first to publish a book about those paths people take & make to find the shortest and most natural way towards their goal. Even if that crosses a poor planner’s untalented dreams. (Koolhaas is right: just wait for people to track the paths themselves before you design them.) “Olifantenpaadjes (Desire lines)” (out since 2011-05-01, ISBN 9789089102591) has a foreword by Maarten ‘t Hart. The publisher’s site is a nightmare, so check the distributor’s site instead, or the author’s: http://www.olifantenpaadjes.nl/

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