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November 16, 2006

Richard Florida

Too close for comfort?

« Lean or creative | Main | Is the creative class changing the face of the suburbs? »

Lot's of back and forth the past few days on how we're interacting in suburbs and cities.  Just caught this article in the Style section of today's NYT's on the field of proxemics, the study of proximity and interaction.

"Communications scholars began studying personal space and people’s perception of it decades ago, in a field known as proxemics. But with the population in the United States climbing above 300 million, urban corridors becoming denser and people with wealth searching for new ways to separate themselves from the masses, interest in the issue of personal space — that invisible force field around your body — is intensifying...."

"Proxemics, however, is not merely about interactions between individuals. On a larger scale, it helps developers, urban planners and executives in various industries understand how people move through public spaces, how they shop, even what type of restaurants they find most comfortable..."


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