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Pattern: Different settings

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Part of a 5-fold Pattern Language.
Subsequently published in Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986)

Pattern template

A space can only be effectively used in all its richness if it can be appreciated from a variety of settings according to the felt need of the moment. Efforts to standardize such settings imposes a subtle straightjacket on the manner in which the space is experienced.

Physical Provision of a variety of chairs in a space, as opposed to chairs of a single design conceived for an "average person". The latter approach is insensitive to the variety of people, to their sitting habits and to the different needs of any one individual at different times.

Social Recognition of a variety of roles in a social space, in contrast to trends towards achieving a degree of role uniformity.

Conceptual Recognition of a variety of viewpoints in a conceptual domain, in contrast to trends towards achieving a single acceptable viewpoint.

Psychic Acceptance of a variety of modes of awareness, in contrast to any trend towards achieving a single unvariegated mode.

Broader Inter-level zone; Structure-enfolded occupiable sites; Informal local perspective interface zones; Small-scale perspective interaction contexts; Sequence of viewpoint loci within a structure; Appropriate conditions for perspective nourishment; Appropriate configuration for perspective interaction.

Narrower Domains of insight.

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