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Concrete CitiesWhy We Need to Build Differently$
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Rob Imrie

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529220513

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529220513.001.0001

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Building That Matters to People

Building That Matters to People

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(p.156) 8 Building That Matters to People
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Concrete Cities
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Rob Imrie

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529220513.003.0008

While building cultures are pre-disposed towards creating systems that enable basic human needs to be met, such as enabling water to enter and exit a building, they are less attuned to constructing spaces that respond to people’s diverse psychological and physiological needs. This is the theme of chapter 8, which develops the proposition that the processes by which building actors design and construct a place, and the methods they deploy to understand how objects and people interact, are estranged from, and insensitive to, the human context, or fail to consider the relationships between spaces and the functioning of the human body. Construction practices are disembodied insofar as practitioners rarely relate their work to human scale, or the manifold complexities of the body. As a consequence, what we build is implicated in the (re) production of debilitating spaces, or environs that degrade, and undermine, the body’s capacities to work well within the built environment.

Keywords:   Disembodied architecture, Human scale, Debilitating spaces, Caring design, Disabling design, Human bodies and buildings, Sensory spaces

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