November 9, 2015

The Textures Underfoot

Sidewalks form the backbone of the pedestrian transportation system in all countries and the earliest examples date back centuries. During a recent trip to Holland, I became fascinated with the different types and styles of sidewalks and pathways in the cities and the surrounding countryside. Once I started to pay attention to what I was walking on, I was amazed at the wide range of different materials, textures and patterns. Many of these sidewalks and plazas date back hundreds of years and I am sure, at the time of their construction, they were “state-of-the-art” for the period.