Grand Canyon – behind the view

20150328_0409b2_625x417In this second Grand Canyon post I want to show how the closer surroundings looks when walking around on the South Rim.
As a landscape architect I find it interesting how the edge is landscaped… and I haven’t seen any photos of it! So here are a few.

As a huge tourist destination Grand Canyon needs to accommodate lots of people. I find it interesting how to create a structure that can do that without disturbing the sights.

A growing paradox of the tourist industry, we all want to visit ‘untouched’ or ‘remote’ places.
How to manage that illusion with more and more tourists?
The paths and viewpoints along the rim are made as natural-looking as possible, using natural stone, and often a bit rough and cut into the stone. Pathways are meandering naturally between trees and rocks. It all works beautifully and doesn’t disturb the views.

The Grand Canyon Village is the ‘downtown’ with the most people coming through. There are buildings containing restaurants, hotels, shops and exhibition spaces. It can seem a bit as a circus, overwhelming with activities and people, but it is quite harmonious and well-made and with respect for the place and its beauty.

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