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Personal space is the distance between people and interaction, it is generally a term used when feeling violated using physical space. There are stages of social distance have been identified by the anthropologist Edward T. Hall; 6-18 inches; Intimate Distance This is classes as a close physical relationship between the people, this often links with contact and intimacy. 1.5-4 feet; Personal Space This is a distance mostly used by close friends and people that are comfortable with your intimacy. 4-12 feet; Social Space This distance is let intimate, mostly used by general friends, acquaintances. With the other extent of the distance from 10-12 feet is most accustomed to people you dont not know well. 12-25 feet; Public Space This is the most common social situation, used for public speaking generally.

It is evident that peoples personal space differs depending on the culture. European and Americans generally have a large distance for personal space, on comparison to people in the Eastern world. In China there are 1.3 billion residents and in the same area they can house 6-8 people in dorms, whereas Western people would feel more comfortable in the same space with 1-2 people. In the Western part of the world people generally make apologies when bumping into people otherwise it reacts in anger, however in China after close interaction leads to bumping into strangers it is ignored with no apologies and not even a look over the shoulder which suprisingly brushes off quickly. When people feel as though their personal spaces are being invaded, reactions can be subconscious and quick. Presenting such effects as; blinking, flinching, looking away and hesitating. Each individual has a variation on how and when they feel most uncomfortable in social situations. However Hall’s theory is one that most can relate to.







































if humans had whiskers

Personal space is not only applicable to humans. Animals also have unique ways of defining space. Using vibrissaes to determine to size and texture of an object by rhythmically brushing surroundings. Whiskers appear and act like hair folicles which gives the animal an accurate representation

of a sense of space without relying on eyesight. They are grown on the face, generally on the snout allowing the animal to sense an up coming situation and also be satisfied with their personal space. People have no way of determining personal space except their own individual distances of comfort.

Mammals that have horns or antlers have evolved to protect themselves, however it also gives a safe comfort distance that is wider than their faces. Tails can be used in many ways that help the animal to monuvre. However it also gives a space that is owned by that animal to give it room to move in comfort.

A Place To Rest Your Eyes

Negative space is a term used in design fluently. It can be an empty space of any colour withside a lack of content. White spaces can be seen as a place for the audiences eye to rest and be able to focus on the content with precision. White space can also be seen as space for the audience to find navigation for the content. Empty space allows the audience to rest and take in information simplistically.

Constant fear of open or empty spaces.




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is mainly on street content but not specifically on how the location is formed. These hold imperfections that are assumed are part of the space. Streets and aisles are designed for the user to reach the destination directly, both cata

ch relays the idea that we create the roads but also responsible for the spaces inbetweem.The focus

convey. the content of a location appose to the space inbetween. These key spaces effectively convey the use and wear that is produced

agories of the inside space are designed for movement, also exability with the surroundings built to

. Linking back to Winston Churchill’s claim, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” wh

What if an empty space became tangible, to hold it and see how the positive inflicts the negative. Would it be the same shape as you thought? Could it be disguisabley large or bafflingly smaller? What if it had layers and was not a block space, would this change your perception?

What could you make this space out of, would it be impossibley light to show its non-use or bold for realisation for users? Where do we find these spaces, are they used in everyday life? Do they affect the way we use positive spaces, would it be the same without emptiness?

To Be Able To Hold An Empty Space

What if you saw the negative instead of positive?

Finding spaces in built up areas can be difficult without vertical escapism. Escaping the pollution by seeking refuge through the reliability of the idea that empty space can be found in most locations, also highlighting the relief of claustrophobia. It is apparent that growing populations entails that more must be build to house these therefore reflecting in the lack of space on the ground it an opportunity to find vertical escape appose to being horizontally blocked.

seeking escapism

Many photographers and image makers have found this useful to excell their images by producing mirrored images that highlight the skyline. The sky is seen as the ultimate escape which helps people that suffer phobias to be relaxed as daylight provides a safe element and highlight unconfinement.

This method also reflects pathetic phallacy whereby moods are suseptable to the environments weather temperments.













Tangible space

There are many spaces we use in day to day life. There are occasions whereby the negative space in objects effect and enhance the postitive. Musical instruments specifically percussion use the inside spaces to echoe sounds. Made from a variety of materials; wood, metal and plastic which effects the sound that is produced. Although these spaces are key and the sound could not be produced without them, there is limited information as to what they look like as the focus is on the exterior. The outside of the instruments are designed and bought for quality however the insides remain the most important part to produce the sound.

What material would you use to solidify a negative space? What other spaces effect how the positive works? Would you recognise where an empty space was from if it was tangible?

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How can spaces be catagorised?

Where do you measure from and to?

Can you measure your personal space?

How do you measure a non space?

Is a public area tOo large to measure?

What defines the length of a space?

What is a safe social distance for you?

How much larger is your social space compared to your personal space?

Personal items = Personal space

In recent years personal space has been challenged in commercial flights. Airlines have began to suggesr that people of a larger size purchase two seating tickets to allow more room. This followed many complaints by customers whereby they expressed that their commute was uncomfortable and not the experience that had been paid for. Airlines have specified that if the seat armrests can not be lowered then a second ticket must be purchased. Transport seating challenges anthropologist, Hall’s theory of spacial measurements and comfort zones as people are forced to share personal spaces with strangers. Is it just airplanes that face this problem?

“I need space” “Physical or mental?”