Social Requirements

Buildings give us space to move, to work, and to play. Our residential designs support family life with a place for the reproduction and rearing of children, preparing and sharing food with family and friends, studying, and communicating verbally, manually, and electronically. We provide spaces and facilities to pursue hobbies and to clean and repair the home. Our designs create opportunities to display and store belongings, and many of us now work at home, adding another level of complexity to these spaces. The spaces we design may be closed and private at times, and open to the rest of the world at others. We design buildings that are secure from intrusion, and provide ways to communicate both within and beyond the building's interior. We provide stairways and mechanical means of conveyance from one level to another for people with varied levels of mobility.

Our designs also support all the social activities that occur outside of the home. We provide power to buildings so that workshops, warehouses, markets, offices, studios, barns, and laboratories can design, produce, and distribute goods. These workplaces require the same basic supports for life activities as our homes, plus accommodations for the tasks they house. Humans also gather in groups to worship, exercise, play, entertain, govern, educate, and to study or observe objects of interest. These communal spaces are even more complex, as they must satisfy the needs of many people at once.

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