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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book discusses how designers might use affordance theory and other prominent theories, such as prospect refuge, biophilia, and place attachment, to enhance their design decisions and have a positive impact of their work. It draws on the examples such as the High Line park in Manhattan that offer multiple opportunities for prospect-refuge. The book focuses on practical examples from public seating, workplaces, and building design – as well as how NASA incorporated personal space and privacy elements into the design of space stations and selection of astronauts – to highlight the importance of considering human spatial needs in design practice. It describes inspiring examples of places from across the globe, from Shanghai to Seattle, illustrating how thoughtful design practice can celebrate the unique qualities of a place.