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- DescriptionThere is at the present time a continuing interest in relating the behavioral sciences to design disciplines. Sociologists and social psychologists have been added to faculties of architecture schools, where they off er seminars and participate as programming specialists and design critics in studio courses. Behavioral scientists in many European countries have collaborated with architects and planners in design work undertaken by governmental ministries, and more recently have been participating in the work of private design fi rms. Similar developments are w common in the United States. In this fascinating study of the ecology of buildings, biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and architects analyze the effect of working and living spaces on human behavior. Focusing on such contemporary social problems as the influence of the physical environment on psychological stress, mental illness, family disorganization, urban violence, and delinquency, the contributors show that we must respect the constraints that the environment and the nature of man impose on human adaptability. The selections in People and Buildings have been written primarily by scientists and designers working in the behavioral mode. The selections within each part have been arranged to provide an ordered argument or exploration of the general topic with which the part as a whole deals. To facilitate the reader's appreciation of the argument, each selection is preceded by a short prefatory statement. In view of the fact that a single article or preface can hardly be representative of the depth of the literature that has developed around an argument, Gutman has included an antated bibliography, which is keyed to the selections through the use of subheadings. A new introduction by Nathan Glazer has been prepared for this edition.
- Author BiographyRobert Gutman, until his death in 2007, was a lecturer in social and environmental studies at Princeton University's School of Agriculture. He is the author of Architectural Practice: A Critical View, and The Design of American Housing: A Reappraisal of the Architect's Role among numerous scholarly articles. Nathan Glazer is professor of education, emeritus, at Harvard University. He is known for his writings on ethnicity and race, immigration, urban development, and social policy in the United States. His books include We are all Multiculturalists Now, Beyond The Melting Pot and The Lonely Crowd.
- PublisherTransaction Publishers
- Date of Publication30/04/2009
- Place of PublicationSomerset, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTransaction Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight910 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byRobert Gutman
- Introduction byRobert Gutman
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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