Sunday, September 25, 2005


Interesting how architecture has a large effect on community and social interaction. The way these condos are designed, with four entrance doors right next to each other, makes us meet and talk to our neighbors. In most other condos, the potential to cross paths is much less. Leaving doors open... like the adult version of dorm life... not really.

Burbank was always one of the most social and cohesive dorms at Stanford, even though it was very low on people's draw rankings. Unique to it were that it had an extra communal library for studying, and it was attached next to late nite dining.

Such design can have a big impact inside the house, on family life, as well.