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Architectural Determinism

Found this while reading a book edited by Robert Gutman of People and Buildings. 

” The architect who builds a house or designs a site plan, who decides where the roads will and will not go, and who decides which directions the houses will face and how close together they will be, also is, to a large extent, deciding the pattern of social life among the people who will live in these houses.”

It asserts that architectural design has a direct and determinate effect on the way people behave. It implies a one-way process in which physical environment is the independent, and human behavior the dependent variable. It suggests that those human beings for whom architects and planners create their designs are simply moulded by the environment which is provided for them. 

– Maurice Broady, People and Buildings: Social Theory in Architectural Design pg. 174




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