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pratik
pratik

The things you have to do to make people walk on the prescribed path. A classic case of affordances gone wrong.

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hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@pratik I recall reading about an experiment a California University did years ago. They had built a new and building and prior to putting in the sidewalks to the building, put in grass along the front and waited to see where students walked to the entrance. They put the sidewalks where the paths in the grass appeared. I think I read it in a design book.

odd
odd

@hawaiiboy That was really smart thinking! I see the opposite everywhere here. The landscapers make the “scenic route”, while people in a hurry make the preferred route.

hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@odd or they think in perpendicular angles when everyone goes diagonal

odd
odd

@hawaiiboy Yes, that too. They are probably thinking more about those whose task it is to cut the grass than those who wants to go A→B fastest possible way, which is understandable.

pratik
pratik

@hawaiiboy Yup. Coz much easier than changing people’s behavior.

nitinkhanna
nitinkhanna

@pratik I came here to make an argument against what you said but I see a bunch of people have already done it. Cheers!

pratik
pratik

@nitinkhanna Maybe I phased it wrong but my opinion was also that of what others said.

lukebouch
lukebouch

@pratik I understood what you were meaning and totally agree.