This section has been inactive lately (might be my fault). So I thought I would start a new thread.
I was always taught that when designing places (parks, meeting places, civic places) that a water feature is a must. For example, design around the waterfront, a fountain in the park, a waterfall feature in a civic place, etc.
There is a great attraction for people toward water, and the sound of water. Many planning/design theorists have also proclaimed water a necessity. So, this thread is about whether a water feature is a must when designing a public place, and if so, what is it that attracts us to water and water sounds (not recreational water per say, like boating).