[permaculture] Desire path - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia a new term for Permaculture.

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Sun Sep 30 17:09:14 EDT 2012

Desire path - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia a new term for Permaculture.
Desire path
>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 Jump to: navigation <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#mw-head>,
search <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#p-search>

A typical desire line

A *desire path* (also known as a *desire line*, *social trail*, *goat track*or
*bootleg trail*) is a path developed by erosion caused by footfall or by
bicycle. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated
route between an origin and destination. The width and amount of erosion of
the line represents the amount of demand.

Desire paths emerge as shortcuts where constructed ways take a circuitous
route, have gaps or are lacking entirely. The paths take on an organically
grown appearance by being unbiased toward existing constructed routes.

Desire paths manifest on the surface of the earth where original movement
by individuals indicates, thereby encouraging more travel. Explorers tread
through foliage or grass, leaving a trail "of least resistance" for
Other uses of the concept

The image of a user created path, in seeming defiance of authority, across
the earth between the concrete, has captured the imagination of many as a
metaphor for, variously, anarchism <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism>,
intuitive design, individual creativity, or the wisdom of crowds. (Examples
referenced.[5] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_note-4>[6]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_note-5>
[7] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_note-6>[8]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_note-7>
[9] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_note-8>)

In Urban Planning <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Planning>, the
concept of desire lines can be used when analyzing traffic patterns in any
mode of travel. See, for example, its use in the 1959 Chicago Area
Transportation Study to describe choices commuters made about railroad and
subway trips.[10] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_note-9>
See also

   - Wayfinding <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayfinding>


   1. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-0>* Lubell,
   Mark. Lecture9: National Park for ESP172, University of California,
   2. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-1>* Hampton,
   Bruce and David Cole (1988) "Soft Paths" p 27. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg,
   PA. ISBN 0-8117-2234-1<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0811722341>
   3. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-2>* Marion,
   Jeffrey L. and Scott E. Reid. "Development of the U.S. Leave No Trace
   Program: An Historical
No Trace: Center for Outdoor Ethics, Boulder, CO. January 2001.
   Retrieved 14 March 2012.
   4. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-3>* Hampton,
   Bruce and David Cole (1988) "Soft Paths" p 16. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg,
   PA. ISBN 0-8117-2234-1<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/0811722341>
   5. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-4>* Carl
   Myhill, "Commercial Success by Looking for Desire Lines", in Masoodian, M,
   Jones, S, Rogers B, (Eds.) 6th Asia Pacific Computer-Human Interaction
   Conference (APCHI 2004), (Rotorua, New Zealand, June/July 2004).
   Springer-Verlag <http://www.litsl.com/personal/publications.html>
   6. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-5>* Lidwell,
   Holden, Katrina<http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Katrina_Holden&action=edit&redlink=1>;
   Butler, Jill<http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jill_Butler&action=edit&redlink=1>(2010).
   *Universal principles of design: 125 ways to enhance usability,
   influence perception, increase appeal, make better design decisions, and
   teach through design*. Rockport
   ISBN <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Book_Number>
   7. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-6>* Norman,
   Donald <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Norman> (2010). *Living with
   Complexity*. The MIT Press <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_MIT_Press>.
   ISBN <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Book_Number>
   8. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-7>* Throgmorton,
   James and Eckstein, Barbara Desire Lines: The Chicago Area Transportation
   Study and the Paradox of Self in Post-War
   9. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-8>* WGBH: A
   Cape Cod Notebook - Desire Lines by Robert
   10. *^ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path#cite_ref-9>* State of
   Illinois. (1959) "Chicago Area Transportation
40. State of Illinois, Springfield, IL. Retrieved 14 March 2012 from
   Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology.

 External links

   - Wordspy: Desire Line <http://www.wordspy.com/words/desireline.asp>
   - http://www.flickr.com/groups/desire_paths/

More information about the permaculture mailing list