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PUBLIC INTERACTION

Draw people out of the private realms of homes and cars.  In order for an interaction to occur, people need to see each other and be in close enough proximity to interact, but they also need a reason to be out of their homes in the first place, and a reason to interact with others.  This is spatially achieved by:

  • Providing Common Areas

  • Prioritizing Pedestrians

  • Creating Clear Boundaries 

PROMOTE RECOGNIZABILITY

Interactions must be repeated to lead to connections.  Recognizability is critical for forming social ties and is the weak link in much of America.  Most common areas serve populations far too large to allow for brief, repeated, unintentional meetings that are needed to build lasting social ties.  Recognizability is supported with:

  • Repeated Contact

  • Community Size

  • Unintentional Meetings

PROMOTE CONVERSATION

Provide Conversation Zones that invite people to linger should they choose to have a conversation. Conversation Zones have:

  • Physical Characteristics: comfortable seating in small groups with 8' person-to-person proximity and near larger activity.

  • Attentional Characteristics:  Free from unpleasant noise, smells, distractions, and contains restorative features. 

KEY FACTORS

Each behavior goal is supported by several key spatial factors

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INVENTORY

The Social Score Inventory simplifies the Key Factors into a single numerical score.   

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21422 Lake Forest Drive, Unit D

Lake Forest, CA

92630


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Tel: 949-427-0009

Pedestrian Paths

Mandatory routes should be pedestrian paths so people can interact when they pass each other. Paths should also link to common areas, and be between 3 and 6 feet wide, (between the far phase of personal space and close social distance) which makes people most comfortable and likely to acknowledge each other. Ridgecrest apartments are almost all accessed by pedestrian paths. (Photo: Ridgecrest Apartments, Lake Forest, CA)