Wheatley Dialogue LO10262

Julie Beedon (julie@vistabee.win-uk.net)
Mon, 30 Sep 1996 10:24:21

Replying to LO10240 --

When John told his story about the walk and his reflections on it I was
reminded of many similar stories of my own. I wondered if the designers
of the various roads and paths ever looked at the imaginary journeys we
might take and the potential dangers and risks of the shortest paths
through? Was it all built at once or did it build up over time??

Maybe that is what happens with systems - they look like wholes today but
they were never built to be that way.... My little town of Wednesbury has
a ring road (busy dual carriageway) which creates a central 'space' which
is the town. Unfortunately a lot of the historical community resources
(Library, Art Gallery, Museum, Town Hall, our Chruch and Hall etc... ) are
on the other side of the road!! Was the town intended to be a whole?
Where do we draw the boundaries - inside the ring-road? - how do we draw
the resources back in?

Is each little school here, with its measures and budgets, intended to be
a part - was it built to be that or to contribute to an education system?
Does the education system belong to something bigger?

John experiences his jouney as a whole, he adapts and changes it taking
account of what he sees around him. Are our lives the same - do we
develop routes through life which use this logic

>somehow I tried the other path and found that it was easy to
>follow and seemed less dangerous

How would John have designed the path - given the opportunity?

Julie Beedon
VISTA Consulting


Julie Beedon <julie@vistabee.win-uk.net>

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