chapter  12
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Buildings and Settlements

Homes are family shelters, usually provided in the most economic way of using available resources. The quality of homes depends also on the space available and on whatever built-in comforts and pleasant surroundings householders can afford or can contrive. Buildings for working in have to provide whatever conditions are necessary to attract workers and ensure effective operation and production. They are also social centres in that workers form acquaintances that sometimes extend beyond the work pattern. Recreational and cultural amenities attract a wider community – under roofs or in open space. People come to them often or occasionally, make close acquaintances or none. Parks and possibly museums or libraries may be free for access to all. Playing fields are available for organized sport. The success of restaurants and entertainment centres depends on their charges, quality and accessibility.