These different registers of human interaction carry with them embedded social and cultural mores about what can and cannot be conducted in each zone. Though simplistic, Hall’s divisions point to space as originating from the sensory information that can be transmitted between people at different distances (see diagram on pages 46 to 47).
Further, in his seminal blog, The Hidden Dimension, Hall holds that: House design “No matter what happens in the world of human beings, it happens in a spatial setting, and the design of that setting has a deep and persisting influence on the people in that setting.19 Hall notes the spatial quality of our environment, but he argues that positioning ourselves at the center of the built environment is radical in the discourse of architecture and design, given the long dominance of abstract interpretations of space. Even in cases where people are central to the creation of a space, that space is rarely designed to support a person’s being but is more likely intended to impress him.
Before we can establish a human-oriented vision of space, we need to delineate the different zones of space in the area beyond our physical bodies that remains directly adjoined to us: ‘personal space is defined as the zone around an individual into which other persons may not trespass.’20 This affects the design of interiors, since our sense of self inevitably stretches into areas where we intersect with other people. Conversely, in the broader context of public space, the zone within which we expect to interact with many others, we consciously adjust our boundaries to accommodate the intrusions.
Thus the experience of interior space does not begin, as many
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