Post dated 16Mar2014 –by Gautam Shah
The group behaviour mechanisms exploit the space characteristics to infuse emotional and social functionality. Group behaviour depends on individuals as well as interactions amongst such individuals. An individual projects psychological and sociological responses. The group behaviour though erratic has a degree of commonality – raison d’être (cause) of formation of the group. The common approach of the group is an assurance that their peculiar behaviour is not an aberration but a probable happening.
Groups require space for interpersonal relationships, expression and its perception. However, the ‘depth’ required for such interactions in physical domains is irrelevant for the virtual domains like telephony or video conferencing, chat rooms, hangouts, etc.
Interpersonal relationships have no relevance in acutely sized and highly defined spaces (ergonomically sized, shaped and provisioned with facilities), such as: toilets, kitchens, storerooms, study nooks, booths, etc. However, bedrooms, drawing rooms, office cabins, etc. allow interpersonal relationships, and often in multiple varieties, simultaneously.
Interior Spaces have two basic components the Core Section and the Peripheral sections. The core is nominally a centric entity, but need not always be one. Whereas there is multiplicity of peripheral sections as the abutting environment is directional and varied. A third component Threshold emerges when interior spaces impinge each other. A threshold is dual entity where transgressions can occur.
Ideal place for a single set of interpersonal relationships is the core section. This has least external disturbance, so should be an area of tranquillity affording privacy. Yet peripheral zones are more preferred as a place for intimate relationships and commitment. In restaurants, cinema halls, public parks, large waiting areas, people move to corners and edges for seclusion. Threshold areas though peripheral, are public and vibrant. Threshold areas are considered ideal for non-committal interaction.