The Landscape Guide

16.3 Blue parks

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Blue space should be serene and cool, with water everywhere and sensuality beneath the surface (Figure 16.3). Fountains, waves and waterfalls release the sensuality. It was man's skill in obtaining sustenance along the water margin that enabled the human brain to exceed the capability of all other species. In spring, water can have the serenity of a frozen lake. In summer, water speaks of fulfilment. In autumn, water can be the most solemn thing on earth. In winter, it promises growth, waiting for a new season and new life. Cities cannot afford to be without visible, touchable, swimmable water, fully accessible to the public. Many of the artificial water features in northern Europe are disappointing, often because their inspiration comes from southern Europe.

16.3 Bluespace should be serene and sensual