The Man and his Work

The Formation of the Human Room

The room is the smallest unit created by man, which serves all basic purposes and has the widest range of variations. The houses we live in are a biological extension of man. The laws concerning the range of man in space guide him in his building his private space in relation to his needs. The evolution of the human room spans two million years, and the causes of this process are psychological, biological, cultural and structural, all working in combination. The evolution of the room in terms of shape and number can be directly compared to the evolution of cells in nature. The room has evolved due to human needs rather than to chance.

From Ekistics, v.33, no.196, March 1972, p. 218-229: 15 fig.