By Renard Teipelke
This is a short story about a single view and multiple perspectives. The view is shown in the first photo of this blog article: There are three lawns. They are surrounded by a US-American style checkerboard street system of (vertical) avenues and (horizontal) streets. The area is characterized by office and residential high-rise buildings. There are a couple of stores in flatter buildings to the left. And above the lawns, there are big construction sites, where new high-rise buildings are emerging.
Recently, I walked together with a friend over the lawn, coming from the upper-left side, where the flat buildings are, to the high-rise from which the photos have been taken. My friend remarked: “Why is the footpath not going diagonally from the one edge of the lawn to the other edge?” So why is there no direct straight line from the stores in the upper-left corner to the street intersection at the lower-right corner of the left lawn?