The latest Dirt Rag just arrived, and it has an article by Frank Maguire of IMBA discussing whether we are tending to overbuild with current standards of construction. I'm interested in the discussion - I tend to favor narrow rocky rooty east coast gnar-gnar over wide swoopy pump track trails. It's not that I don't love the swoopy stuff, but there's a place for trails that are extremely difficult to ride, which is why Borderland, in Easton MA, is one of my favorite trail systems. It'd be interesting to have a builders and riders conference to discuss this sort of question. I think it'd be most interesting if it was outside of the aegis of IMBA or other established access organizations - they tend to get stuck on doctrine and protection of established turf.