Previously we have explored some of the princi-

ples and methods that enable us to read the

experiential characteristics of outdoor settings.

This chapter develops from this by reflecting on

the geometrical implications of experiential land-

scape and its implications for design. At its most

fundamental, geometry, as it is conventionally

understood in environmental design disciplines,

is concerned with juxtapositions of points, lines

and surfaces. Although a complexity of cultural,

social, economic, aesthetic and technical issues

influence how we decide to shape our world, this

fundamental geometrical awareness forms the

basic building blocks from which new places are

usually conceived and visualised. Our starting

point here is to look at the picture of the world

presented from an experiential landscape

perspective and then ask how its particular nature

might come to bear on our approach to geometric