On the average a person walks at three to five miles an hour.
Many people complain about the US and it’s recent lack of significant architecture. Cookie cutter houses fill the suburbs, businesses look are distinguished from there signs far away, but up close the big box stores designs are very similar. As such, when I am searching for something to draw, finding architecture in the US can be difficult.
Buildings are designed to be attractive at the speed and distance at which someone is traveling and sees them. Suburbia is all the same because at thirty miles an hour it doesn’t matter and individualized designs cost the builder more money. I’ve read in a few architectural articles that this is factored into design in suburban neighborhoods.
But if a building is in a place that people walk and cycle past it needs more character to draw them inside. As result, those homes look different as well. They have to have more detail.
Both are mostly a matter of preference I suppose; it’s just interesting to note that most of the beautiful structures are placed in pedestrian areas – or areas that used to be pedestrian anyway.
It was an interesting discovery in my research into America’s missing walking paths. People often complain about the loss of detail and architecture – but rarely have I heard many explanations as to why they are missing.
Could it be that we have done it to ourselves?