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WALKING
AN ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERIENCE
WALKING AND FEELING
by GORDON S. GRICE, OAA, FRAIC

A man speed-walking. Photogravure after Edweard Muybridge, 1887, Wellcome Images, Wikimedia Commons

rchitecture is all about walking. With few exceptions, we experience architectural
space at a walking pace and a walking scale, even if we are not fully mobile
and require assistance in getting around.
Walking is the human default method for moving about. It remains one of
the most convenient and efficient means of human locomotion, even if we
only use it to get from the elevator to the car. As designers of the built environment, we
are generally aware that our end-users are nearly always walking, standing or sitting.
All three states present design challenges, but the mobile, "ambulatory" state - when
people are free to go where they please, when they please, how they please - provides
the greatest challenges and the greatest opportunities for design creativity.
Our task as designers is to modulate the walking experience and to make it as significant as possible, allowing and encouraging people to get from A to B (or A to A) directly,
indirectly or undirected. The experience should be safe, pleasant, and comfortable.
In many instances, where direct, efficient travel is not a priority, a successful walking
experience might offer variety, surprise, sensory stimulation ("sensual amenities"),
spatial character, decision-making opportunities and "hints of experiences to come."1
There is a huge amount of research and writing on the subject of two-legged walking
(see partial bibliography below), from its prehistoric origins to today's state-of-the-art
bipedal bots. Subjects covered include philosophy, history, athletics, mechanics,
health, meditative psychological and creative benefits, etc.2 Our main interest is in
how we as designers can use what we know about walking to design better environmental experiences.
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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
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Walking
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Integrated Building Design... and More
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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
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