The door and its multiple meanings

Sylvia Cavalcante About the author

The door is one of the oldest and most fundamental elements of the space structure. It takes over functions of a mechanical, thermal, visual, and acoustic barrier. It also assures topological functions of junctions or disjunctions between spaces to differentiate or to unite them. In order to understand the door in all its richness of meanings we searched for uncovering its subjective dimensions, recognizing the valuable role that it plays in social relationships and tried to indicate the psychological states that can arise from them. This article also makes evident the possibility of getting to know fundamental aspects of human ways of life through the analysis of the inter-relationship between individuals and a spatial element. From a methodological point of view this paper can be defined as a descriptive study supported by a phenomenological reflection.

door; space; environmental psychology

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