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In any building—house, office, public building, summer cottage—people need a gradient of settings, which have different degrees of intimacy.

A bedroom or boudoir is most intimate; a back sitting room. or study less so; a common area or kitchen more public still; a front porch or entrance room most public of all. When there is a gradient of this kind, people can give each encounter different shades of meaning, by choosing its position on the gradient very carefully.

In a building which has its rooms so interlaced that there is no clearly defined gradient of intimacy, it is not possible to choose the spot for any particular encounter so carefully; and it is therefore impossible to give the encounter this dimension of added meaning by the choice of space. This homogeneity of space, where every room has a similar degree of intimacy, rubs out all possible subtlety of social interaction in the building.

Intimacy Gradient 
Added 10 months ago by Laurel Schwulst
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Intimacy Gradient 
Info *** From *A Pattern Language* By Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein (1977)
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