The instinct to climb up to some high place, from which you can look down and survey your world, seems to be a fundamental human instinct.


Build occasional high places as landmarks throughout the city. They can be a natural part of the topography, or towers, or part of the roofs of the highest local building—but, in any case, they should include a physical climb.

… according to Four-Story Limit (21), most roofs in the community are no higher than four stories, about 40 or 50 feet. However, it is very important that this height limit be punctuated, just occasionally, by higher buildings which have special functions. They can help the character of the Small Public Squares (61) and Holy Ground (66); they can give particular identity to their communities, provided that they do not occur more frequently than one in each Community of 7000 (12)

Elaborate the area around the base of the high place -it is a natural position for a Small Public Squares (61); give the stair which leads up to the top, openings with views out, so that people can stop on the stair, sit down, look out, and be seen while they are climbing - Stair Seats (125), Zen View (134), Open Stairs (158)

Reference for full-text of Pattern: p. 315medium-confidence