Stupid Planning Tricks #1

The photographs below show a bench in Minoru Park in Richmond. It is a beautiful park, awash with shrubs and flowers, hidden from the bustle that surrounds it by trees and hedges. The paths circle a lake flocked with ducks and geese; here and there are clusters of benches where workers from nearby offices can relax and take their lunch.

Here’s one of those benches. One day I sat down to relax in the sunshine and watch the birds paddle by.

Bench with trash bin at Minoru Park

After a while, I noticed I was leaning sideways for some reason. Now, if you were a landscape architect, where would you put the garbage can? Behind the bench? Or right in the middle of the view?

Trash bin at Minoru Park