NY landscape architecture firm Mathews Neilsen discuss several parks they have designed in the September issue of Fast Company, including a park near the University of Pennsylvania's Hospital. Read "Park Chops" by Julie Taraska.
Here is the relevant excerpt:
Humans are creatures of habit, so it's important to design spaces that complement people's daily rhythms. When the firm built a park adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania's hospital, it took into account how foot traffic would actually function. "We created three types of circulation: a fast lane along the street curb, a slow lane that skirts the interior of the park, and a meandering path that's a stopping lane," says Mathews. The different routes allow one person to dash to class, another to stroll while talking on her cell phone, and a third to stop and take in the space during a work break, all without getting in each other's way.The firm is owned by Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen