Alec Nevala-Lee

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The shortest distance between two points

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The slalom

In design, the shortest distance between two points is not the straight line, but the slalom.

Slaloms are curves of natural acceleration and deceleration that represent trajectories constantly controlled by man

These two pictures, taken a few months apart, show a slalom traced in a perfectly free way, and—after the snow had melted—the engineered path, designed with a transit, and straight. It would be good practice for designers to let the lanes be made naturally for at least a year before deciding on the final design, which should be directly inspired by the signatures of man’s motions across the landscape. The result would be of simple and natural beauty: it would eliminate fences and mangy corners.

—Paul Jacques Grillo, Form, Function & Design

Written by nevalalee

June 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

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