People like to keep certain distances between themselves and other people or thigns. And this invisible bubble of space that constitutes each person's "territory" is one of the key dimensions of modern society. Edward T. Hall, author of The Silent Language, introduced the science of proxemics to demonstrate how man's use of space can affect personal and business reltions, cross-cultural interactions, architecture, city planning, and urban renewal.
"One of the few extraordinary books about mankind's future which should be read by every thoughtful person." —Chicago Tribune
"This is a book of impressive genius, replete with unusually sharp observations." —Richard J. Neutra, Landscape Architecture
Edward T. Hall
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Anyone interested in anthropology, this is a great read. The ideas of anthropology of space (aka proxemics) are laid down in a clear and precise format. Plus, it's a short and easy read.
Great book to understand the invisible bubble of space so important when creating spaces and interactions through architecture. This could be an interesting subject not only to architects, but to everyone interested in human interactions.
This is a fascinating book which examines concepts such as territoriality, smell, touch, thermal heat in the context of space and how different cultures organize and interact with space. The author also examines how intercultural issues with space contribute to a lot of the conflicts that occur with people. Reading this book has presented me some new perspectives about space and how I interact with others in my own space, as well as ways to respect the space of other people better. Cultural space is explored in particular depth to show how even the living spaces of different culture varies due to how people in a given culture interact with space. Overall a very insight and revealing book about the relationship of space to how we live and interact.
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