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BOARD MESSAGE

Walking
by GORDON S. GRICE

y interest in walking started many decades ago. I was about one year
old at the time, and walking wasn't an issue of mild curiosity; it was
an intense fixation and a biological compulsion. Everybody around me
was doing it and, if I wanted to experience the world as they did, I was
going to have to do it on two feet, and I had better get started.
Walking has a long and distinguished history. Humankind's ancient ancestors,
beginning with Sahelanthropus (family hominidae, subfamily homininae), spent about
five million years developing the art of bipedal locomotion, before Homo erectus finally
arrived on the scene. And if you go back to the Acanthostega, the very first animals
to stumble out of the water and walk on dry land at all, you're looking at something
closer to 400 million years.
And yet, each of us, individually, manages to progress from wiggling in amniotic fluid
to squirming, to crawling, to walking within about one year. This should be recognized
as nothing short of a miracle. Shouldn't we all be paying much more attention to this
incredible feat?
This is especially true of those of us who are designers of the built environment. We seem to take it for
granted that our creations will be appreciated at a
walking scale, without really celebrating it.
When we talk about walking, we also include those
people who are walking challenged. For our discussion, walking represents a scale of activity - a measured speed and in close contact with a supporting
surface. Design provisions are made for wheelchair
users and people who require walking assistance.
This is in order to make the environment more easily
accessible, but also to maintain the walking scale.
In this issue of The Right Angle Journal, we
explore the phenomenon of walking and how that
ability relates to our appreciation of the built
environment.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018

Message from the Board
Walking
Integrated Building Design... and More
Feature Project: Guelph Market Square
Index of Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Intro
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - cover1
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - cover2
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Walking
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 6
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 7
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 8
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 9
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 10
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 16
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 17
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Integrated Building Design... and More
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - 19
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Feature Project: Guelph Market Square
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - cover3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - cover4
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