This thesis explores space design and use within the Anglo-American home. Spatiality, domestic or otherwise, forms a representation of cultural ideology. Literature on the theorization of space, the history of domestic space and planned communities in the United States, and gender constructs was reviewed in order to analyze fieldwork on domestic space from two perspectives, that of the resident and that of the builder/developer. A questionnaire was distributed to residents of Lake View, a new planned community, and interviews were completed with two residents and the builder/developer. The two perspectives were then compared. In the end, residents' use of space within their homes and the builder/developer's perspective of the way domestic space was intended to be used primarily correlate. In addition, domestic space, as well as outside community space, provide a commentary on the social order of contemporary American culture, as well as specific cultural notions and attitudes. Additional research on the ways which people use their homes is necessary to determine how architectural design can support residents' lifestyles.


Frese, Pamela


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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