This chapter begins the process of developing the

concept of experiential landscape by looking

specifically at experiential issues and then explor-

ing how these may be interpreted in spatial terms.

Trying to determine an experiential dimension for

people-space relations is no easy task because it

involves confronting an almost infinite breadth of

human psychological and behavioural variation

influenced by a wide range of personal, social and

cultural factors, as well as by physical and spatial

attributes of the environment. This becomes espe-

cially problematic when we start to try to

understand this in ways meaningful to the practi-

cality of shaping new settings. As we saw in the

previous exploration about the development of

theories of place, this is partly because of the

intrinsic conceptual difficulty involved in think-

ing about how to design something that we are

asked to accept consists of human perceptions as

well as spatial and material elements, a problem

made no easier when professional training has

evolved to focus on the spatial and material form

and fabric. It boils down to simple practicality.