The Road Not Taken

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Although we may not always realise, every journey we make has been predetermined by urban planners. Every path we walk on, zebra crossing we trot across or park bench we perch on has been placed there for a reason. For an individual stuck in a world full of boundaries and barriers, there is nothing better than breaking rules and taking the path less travelled…

Whilst walking across Chiswick Common on the way to Haus, I have noticed that the journey I subconsciously take is in fact a desire path. The French scientist, philosopher and poet Gaston Bachelard described a desire path as “a path that isn’t designed but rather is worn casually away by people finding the shortest distance between two points”. Bachelard’s 1958 book “The Poetics of Space” explores how human experience of architecture shapes its development. In essence he explains that the human use of an architectural or pre-determined space will sometimes surpass the intentions of its creator.

If you look close enough at your own journeys, you will notice that desire paths snake all over London and in fact, all over the world. So next time you take a stroll why not take the road less travelled and maybe one day your path will be carved out for future generations!

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