Landscape design fail.

Communications Hill is a new neighborhood in San Jose, designed in a kind of quasi-European fashion. Nice houses that resemble little castles, a neighborhood park and – in a shocking acknowledgment that some people enjoy walking – even the stairs to the top of the hill. For some extra “just like Europe” kick they have even included a few benches along the stairs, but it would seem whoever designed the whole thing doesn’t quite understand what people do with the benches.

Exhibit 1:

Benches for a shouting match

Benches for a shouting match

Normally benches are arranged around the central square because it isn’t very comfortable and clearly not romantic when some random folks discuss their random crap behind your back and you can’t even see them!
Perhaps what the designer had in mind was not the quiet summer evenings with young people hugging and kissing, but wild shouting matches, with two teams sitting in front of each other, spitting and yelling obscenities and guys from the back benches throwing beer bottles for good measure.

Exhibit 2:

Great views!

Great views!

What can be more romantic than watching the sunset from a comfortable bench overlooking the city! But hell no, the benches face the other way. Here’s what the designer intends us to look at instead:

Watch the grass grow, suckers!

Watch the grass grow, suckers!

Oh, and there’s not a single place to get a cup of coffee in the whole neighborhood – not even a Starbucks!


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3 Responses

  1. […] 7macaw wrote a fantastic post today on “Landscape design fail.”Here’s ONLY a quick extract… summer evenings with young people hugging and kissing, but wild shouting matches, with two teams sitting in front of each other, spitting and yelling obscenities and guys from the back benches throwing beer bottles for good measure. … […]

  2. yeah it’s frustrating isn’t it… when designers get so lost in the paper/AutoCAD world that they forget what it’s like to inhabit an actual space and, as you said, the loveliness of having a good seat to watch the sun set.

  3. one guy told me once that his design company offshored most of their AutoCAD work to Asia just to cut expenses.
    So such a dumb landscape design is a result of somebody cheap work.

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