Introductory Notes

  • Aristide H. Esser
  • Barrie B. Greenbie


It is no coincidence that the discussion of crowding is the largest of this volume. Crowding is related to, and as hard to define as, concepts of community, privacy and communality. The literature on density, information overload and other aspects of what we call the experience of crowding is vast. From a design point of view, a central consideration may be that crowding interrupts action cycles and, therefore, makes an impact on both feelings of community and privacy by disrupting communications and arousing feelings of stress.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aristide H. Esser
    • 1
  • Barrie B. Greenbie
    • 2
  1. 1.The Association for the Study of Man-Environment Relations, Inc.OrangeburgUSA
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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