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University of Toronto Mississauga
Communication, Culture and Technology
Mary- Jane Carrol

The Nature of Barriers Everyday Life – constantly experiencing barriers that we don’t even notice: • Age – age appropriateness o Legal drinking age • Disruption in the path of travel o Elevators provided in subway stations, so barrier removed. Not only do barriers disrupt path, they also take longer to use: ie. Elevator lift • Channels of Movement o In airports, distances to travel in the building are extremely long. • Restrictions on action and self-expression o Cubicles and office furniture: restricted in where you move, how you can personalize your space, removal of self- expression o Privacy removed • Shortage of Space o Super short off-ramps on roads • Cultural Markers o Yellow CAUTION line – we know not to cross it. • Indirect Paths of Travel o Accommodate for people, but force them to take a route that takes longer. Stigmatized, marginalized, and inconvenienced by it. o How do we deal with buildings that are landmarks and cant change the façade but still provide accommodation for people with disabilities. Intellectual Life - • The Arts o “Tilted Arch” art piece  people in the office buildings disliked it because it created a barrier between themselves and the plaza, where they liked to go on lunch breaks, etc. They now had to go around it.  It allowed for people to be behind the wall, hiding and ready to mug you.  Removed because of the public’s outrage. • Social Order • Barriers based on ability Architecture • Physical Barriers o Panopticon: the prisoners believe themselves because they never know when the guards are looking at them. Impossible to see everyone at the same time, just not sure when guards are actually looking. Begin to self-regulate. o Mind control, social order, and barriers. Space can control you. o Secret of architecture is manipulation • Social Order o Creation of certain physical forms and what it represents. o Home in Florence: expressive of who is important and who isn’t, and what your relative social status is.  Building controlled around a central court yard, private  Top level: private apartments for important people  Middle level: for family, etc  Bottom level: for service people, most public space o Today’s modern houses:  Family room/kitchen and master bedrooms are enormous  In the past, bedrooms were smaller, dining rooms bigger  Shows a shift as to what is important to us.  What does space tell us about people? How does it fit into our social order? o Big Bang Theory  Sheldon an example of territoriality – how we claim space and how we allow com
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