Week 8: Sound & Spaces

Direction: Using proxemics to create quiet enclaves within public spaces

What is proxemics?

Proxemics—”the study of the spatial requirements of humans and the effects of population density on behavior, communication, and social interaction” (Proxemics 2016)

It could be a linear division, just like the matrix above or it could be a carefully designed installation to provide multiple areas to experience the full spectrum of intimate space to public space (of course this would depend on the location).
It also can also be seen in public furniture eg: armrest on benches, a cup holder in cinemas, chairs with desk arms, indents on the mrt seats etc.

on personal spaces: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/16/fashion/16space.html

A study of how proxemics can be applied to public transport systems to improve the quality of how people commute.

Reference & Inspiration
1. Richard Serra

His sculptural pieces have a way of dominating places and separating spaces.
Particularly the last installation at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the way the form directs how people experience the space is something we hope to achieve with our installation as well.

2. Luna, Superfurniture by Claesson Koivisto Rune/

Location scouting

a.South Spine

b. Above Nanyang Auditorium

c. North Spine

Form exploration

Creating nooks and a pathway

Exploring a division of space, sheltered + unsheltered, for groups and individuals.


Sizes of entrances to direct crowds. Also a fully enclosed spaces would have louder acoustics or may be too claustrophobic?

A bridge like structure to divide space vertically

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One thought on “Week 8: Sound & Spaces”

  1. how do you contextualize such structure?

    what kind of qualities are you looking for in your place selection?

    what do you expect the people to behave? sitting and relaxing like the “superfurniture” or forcing into a path like in Serra installation?


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