I designed a quick version of a ‘coffee pole’ aimed at allowing strangers to feel comfortable with each other in a captive environment, in this case: the university cafe. The reason for the prototype was to find out where and how people would prefer to stand in relation to someone they did not know whilst using the same drink stand. I did not know what the results would be as I don’t know how each person thinks however the results brought back a correlation from the people who used the pole.
1. 90% of the people preferred if a stranger stood opposite them. This was to do with eye-contact and knowing what that person is doing. It is important for people to know what others around them are doing in order for them to feel at ease.
2. The other 10% would allow a stranger to stand by their side whilst using the design. These people said that being in a captive environment, it is normal to be close to others in it. Because a captive environment is not always a small space however it may be a large space like a festival or shopping mall where the swarms of people then create a captive space due to the amount of people passing through and using the space.
One person also wrote a note on the pole on some lines I’d provided and they said:
‘”would individual coffee shelves not separate people rather than connect them?”
I took this thought on board along with the other results and I will post more photos up soon with further development for this project.
this is the conclusion to my dissertation part A, which will lead on to part B, development and the final outcome.
Whether in the context of the past, or in the modern world we live in today, design has had, and still has a profound influence on people’s perceptions, behaviours and, from this, their interaction with each other. It can be observed that since the Industrial Revolution, design has catered increasingly to and encouraged our sense of individuality, in relief and reprieve of the cramped and crowded conditions which came before; yet has gone to the extreme of making people so conscious of themselves that they feel uncomfortable sharing their space with others and has cut them off from the world around them. There is something which can be done to allow people to feel connected, and through design, we can enable people to feel at ease once more with the world around them and the people within it.
How does the invasion of ‘personal space’ affect us as a society?
The personal bubble we create around ourselves as humans.
The senses of the human body..hear, see, smell, taste, touch. How all these senses are used and invaded.
Peoples actual awareness of their ‘personal space’. How people are unaware or subconsciously live life not acknowledging what they are doing…
Human and social behavior. Why do people act as they do around each other? And in situations?
How has design contributed to the distance we face from human to human…human contact, distance, cyber-self…
Public space is not used how it should be used.
I like these issues, I just to put them all together now. Clare.
One of these experiences creates a Desire Path -”a term in landscape architecture used to describe a path that isn’t designed but rather is worn casually away by people finding the shortest distance between two points”. Just as Bachelard examines, it shows how the human use of an architectural or pre-determined flow through space will sometimes over-ride the intentions of it’s creator. Just like nature and evolution itself, life will always find the most expedient route to what it wants.
This quote from Bachelard’s ‘The poetic of space’ is interesting. We see these desired paths every day but never strip the thought down to ‘just getting from A to B’. We know we are going from A to B but we don’t think about how that route we’re taking got there or why it was put there in that specific place. Not every route we take has been put there by an architect or designer, but by ourselves. When an architect or designer creates a new path taking away or cutting off the route we made ourselves this creates a response from the public.
Here is an example from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. Students are still going on…