like a fountain

04Nov10

 

Trevi-Rome

Trevi

 

 

piazza navona

angels&demons

 

 

gefion-copenhagen

Gefion

 

Every city has a fountain and they often serve as city-icons, like the Trevi in Rome. They even become favorite tourist attractions when used in films. Some fountains raise a questionable reputation, like the van Lieshout cascade of Oil-drums in Rotterdam. Fountains are used by Joris Funcke in his (dutch book) Merkwerken: living the brand in de praktijk to represent organisation structures.

 

Cascade-by-Atelier-van-Lieshout

cascade

 

So i was thrilled to read Jeremy Keith referring to a fountain to illustrate why you should involve users in the design process. He writes on his blog adactio: “In improv, you need to involve the audience. It’s important to adapt to what your audience is doing. Here’s an example from architecture: there was a fountain that was built in Washington Square Park in New York but before they got ‘round to turning it on, people started using it as a seating area. When the city tried to turn on the fountain, people revolted. The fountain is dry to this day and is used for public theatre.”

 

Washington Square (NYC)

Washington Square (NYC)

 

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