Tai chi under the wisteria in Eastwood NSW

A morning Tai Chi class exercises under an arbour of wisteria in a pedestrian street at Eastwood, the Sydney suburb where Granny Smith first grew her apples.  It was designed over twenty years ago by closing a shopping street to traffic.  Shades of that big park in Bangkok where half the population does their Tai Chi every morning.

eastwood park

Swetik Korzenewski, an old colleague who took the photograph, says it's at least eight to ten degrees cooler under the arbour in summer, and as wisteria is deciduous, there is dappled sunlight in winter.  Nice confirmation for a designer of the virtues, indeed the necessity, of taking a patient long view.