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Personal Space: Behavioural Basis of Design (Spectrum Books)

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Widely regarded as the classic text on user-centered design of public buildings and spaces, this book studies how people relate to the designed space around them and how the design of that space can affect their behavior. Its contents are based on comprehensive academic research, the conclusions it draws are highly applicable in real-world projects, and the style of presen ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published by Prentice Hall (first published March 1st 2008)
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Rebecca
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consulting users of a space. Perceptual difference is not the same as seeing things with a different set of eyes depending on what social role you occupy in an environment. There are people in society that sometimes live on the fringes, such as schizophrenics/mental patients, the elderly in homes, marginalized underworld that will have different desires - such as privacy. But Sommer asks us to remember that people can adapt to anything and that what's important is the type of society one wants t ...more
William Binta
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Space organization impact on the human psyche is cruelly undervalued and it still amaze me to read work based on this subject that old and still pretty relevant. This book points out big problems in management (still present) in the architectural niches and in the process of creating space where someone's impression could be different based on their culture, background or simply tastes...It's the lack of communication between the user and the architect and how they failed to put flexibility into ...more
Nash
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do people space themselves from others, and how? What boundaries allow for this in certain environments? What does it mean to see people sit apart from each other? This is one of the most interesting books about this topic out there. Heavily recommended.
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