Everyone has a specific emotion attached to a place; including happiness, sorrow, anxiousness, gratitude, fear, loneliness, anger, etc., to name a few. To understand this emotional association we started by connecting our emotions that we felt on the site along with inhabitation spaces that one could find.
We broadly discussed four inhabitations namely solitude, congregation, intimacy and transaction. The focus on these inhabitations was to gauge how people would this space. We then mapped spaces where we would perform solitude, congregation and intimacy. Blue, yellow and red demarcate the same respectively. Any other shade shows two or more common spaces for different inhabitations.
Congregation points are broadly the spaces where people gather and interact which is seen in large open spaces. A person would like to meet other people in large open, breezy and fresh spaces to induce positivity. Thus the spaces marked in yellow show different congregation points.
A person would generally prefer being alone while he wants to cherish his solitude. Thus places chosen for solitude are either edges or corners or elevated platforms because edges or corners acted as secluded places while still having a connection (visual) to the other spaces. It shows how spaces can provide privacy even when it not confined to a box or four walls. The area of solitude are marked blue.
Any two people might want to spend some alone time in a place where no one would disturb them. The spaces marked in red show the same. Usually the edges and corners and a few points like seating near the planter or on the lawn are chosen as places for intimacy. These places are a bit farther than the place of congregation which means they would be away from the other people. The only difference between the spaces of solitude and privacy are that when you are with a person, you can sit anywhere and not be bothered by what is happening near you. Two people can create their own bubble, they can be within a public space but still share a conversation without thinking about the people around. Thus, the places near the planters or lawn too, are marked as places for intimacy. Although while being alone, one might actually be bothered if someone comes and tries to strike a conversation. Thus, places like the corners, edges or elevated platforms are chosen.
After mapping the inhabitations, we mapped emotions that we would feel at places of solitude which is shown in the map below.
Yellow annotates happy, brown annotates sad and red is a mix that is explained further.
If I am sad or sulking, a part of me would want to hide so no one else sees me. So I would probably go to a shaded/low corner to find solitude as shown in brown. But on the other hand if I am sad, I might also feel like sitting in open air or near planters to feel fresh and enhance my mood which is shown by patches of red.
If I am happy I would definitely be in open spaces as shown in yellow. The reason for having a hollow yellow elliptical figure is that, we are talking about being happy in solitude and being in public is something that not everyone would be comfortable with, thus a hollow ellipse.
Now, as we can see, both the maps show different spaces for solitude. That changed because, as we go deeper in understanding the site, we relate to spaces in multiple ways which leads to the change of emotions and thus one’s association with the space.