• Aristide H. Esser
  • Barrie B. Greenbie


The papers in this volume reflect the increasing joint efforts of behavior scientists and designers of the built environment to organize space in a socially meaningful way without stunting conceptual growth. The concepts of communality and privacy in most of the following papers originated as verbal presentations to provide a renewed basis for such efforts. In a conference with face-to-face exchanges, it is possible to discuss such concepts meaningfully for a particular built environment; most designers implicitly recognize that the sense of one’s self as a distinct entity and one’s sense of belonging to a social group are universal. However, because concepts of self and community are so central to the experience of living, they are extremely difficult to pin down formally.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aristide H. Esser
    • 1
  • Barrie B. Greenbie
    • 2
  1. 1.Association for the Study of Man-Environment RelationsOrangeburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional PlanningUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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