Waiting for the drop…

Posted on September 15, 2014

Perfect place to perch.  It probably wasn’t in the design spec that that this restriction post should be used as a seat. Although the proportions and height are rather suggestive of it being an ideal place to sit.  Even the other context sensitive features such as the traffic light are directed away from any weary/screen absorbed pedestrian approaching from the wrong side.  Any shaping introduced to the top of the post to prevent it being used as a seat compromise one of its primary, although occasional, uses as a small piece of road.  This small scale example (probably over-analysed) highlights the choices surrounding risk, cost & complexity that are often at the heart of design decisions.