|RE: landscape design/pedestrain paths||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: truddick [at] earthlink.net (truddickearthlink.net)|
|Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 08:00:42 -0800 (PST)|
Everyone should consider that there are federal ADA guidelines for accessibility, and your cohousing community might be covered by those as regards common areas. As I read this discussion it's clear that we're once again witnessing a debate between utiliarians and aesthetes. The first group doesn't care if it looks/sounds/feels bad so long as it works efficiently; the second group doesn't care if it's clumsy/inefficient/marginally dangerous so long as it's pleasing to the perceptions. Without taking sides, note that concrete may be color-tinted, surface-treated, edge-trimmed with other materials (pea gravel?), and in other ways installed so that there's a balance between concerns. People who must use wheelchairs and walkers, people who want to use wheels for sport or utility, and clumsy people who tend to fall over minor irregularities in surface--all of these would be served by the smooth hard pathway (and BTW, any of you who think you'll never need to use wheels to get around or move things--please come carry my refrigerator!). The aesthetes can appreciate how the path doesn't look so bad if it's tinted green to blend with the grass (or pale orange to provide visual contrast, or yellow to evoke the wizard of oz), or how the borders of gravel finings provide a nice absorbent zone for rainwater run-off. Good compromise? Your mileage may vary. T R
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