by Ha mh Thai
As Jun mentioned about the flexibility of seating places (see post: “Chairs in Jardin des Tuileries, Paris”), I also want to put forth another aspect of comfortable seats which is their material.
Many older people cannot walk for longer than 10 minutes without resting (DTLR 2001), and luckily they can find somewhere to seat. However, there are many ‘modern’ types and materials far from bringing them comfort such as those made of metal or granite which may look hard, slippery and not good taste. In converse, wooden seats are widely considered the most popular and easy to use, because they feel warmer, more familiar and welcoming. Northumberland Street in Newcastle is a good example of providing people good seating places outdoor (meanwhile there are hardly any seats in the shops). Two types of bench are scattered on the street in some groups. They are both sturdy with non-protruding legs, providing people variety of choices.
The first type with back rest looks most comfortable with wooden surface is widely choice of older people.
The second type which is also made by wood is designed deep enough to seat in both sides.
DTLR (Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions), 2001. By Design. Better places to live: A companion guide to PPG3. London: TSO.