Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of MArch AA Diploma students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg.

Extending The Self Through Architecture: Proxemics

Since the new architecture of the Immersive City involves the application of a personal style onto the existing surroundings, the tool is informed by the theory of Proxemics as discussed by Edward Hall. Proxemics define the human personal and social boundaries as groups interact with one another, and this affects the appearance of style as follows:



As one enters a user’s Social Zone, (typically within 10 feet) Subtle hints of their style begin to manifest on the surrounding architecture, such as in this example, the appearance of forms without material articulation.



As one develops trust and enters the Personal Zone, (typically within 4 feet) The style begins to appear in greater detail. Materials begin to apply onto forms and an accurate picture of said person’s tastes is shown.



Finally, as one enters the Intimate Zone, (less than 1.5 feet) The style is now fully articulated with great detail, further “exposing” the user’s personality through the surroundings.