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Digital Desire Paths

Every trail bares a statistical story about its travellers.

Desire paths appear wherever a remarkable force wears a channel into something via repetition.

In many cases, desire paths are weak pieces of infrastructure doing unplanned labor, e.g. lawn doing the work of stone.

Good architects anticipate nature. They don't blame water for dripping. They don't blame people for peopling.

Patient Design

Many college campuses lay sidewalks after routes have already been established. Resisting a herd is futile.

Patient designers wait for obvious improvements to introduce themselves. Obvious improvements become invisible if implemented well.

Finding Friction

Every discipline has its desire paths. A few contemporary examples:

Fixing Friction

Don't fault people for using your architecture "incorrectly". Thank them for blazing a trail of lesser resistance.