Part 1.5 Design Methods

Cherry Hill in Central Park

We selected Cherry Hill for its central location with a good view of several locations for communal activity, such as the lake, ramble and fountain. The pictures on Google Maps suggests that it attracts a lot of people.

History of Cherry Hill

From the Central Park Conservancy site, Cherry Hill was meant to be a place for people with horses to water them at the fountain, located at the turnaround. It is so named due to the cherry trees around the hill.

First Visit to Cherry Hill

We sat on the benches on the perimeter of the gravel circus, and observed the ongoings of the area, then walked one round along the circular pedestrial walkway. We noted several points of interest.

Photos of site


Activities Environment Interactions Objects Users
Horse carriage sightseeing Rickshaw sightseeing Cycling Walking Wheelchair-riding Photo-taking Picnicking Jogging Sitting on benches Drinking water Fountain Turnaround Benches Fences Street lamps Drinking fountain Grassy field Gravel road Foot path Parking horse carriage around fountain Getting on and off the horse carriages Parking rickshaws facing the lake Getting on and off the rickshaws Parking bicycles Sitting on benches Taking photos by the fountain Taking photos facing the lake Lying on the grass field Feeding/watering horses Bird feeding Carriages Rickshaws Wheelchairs Bicycles Camera Phones Water Tourists Tour Guides Cyclists Horses Birds Joggers Families

Behavior Map

Brainstorming Tree


Using the park benches as a starting point, how can people collaborate with each other across space, but within sight?

Similar starting point, but without technology.

Using added park furniture on the lawn overlooking the lake, how can we create spaces for people to interact?

How can we bring attention to the historical artifact that is the fountain? How can we show that it unites both past and present?