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Walking down these halls the guest is almost compelled to run his fingers along the grooves. But Wright did not intend that people run their fingers along the grooves. The brick is so rough that to obey this impulse would be to risk mangling a finger. With this device Wright enhances the experience of space by personally involving people with the surfaces of the building. The early designers of the Japanese garden apparently understood something of the interrelationship between the kinesthetic experience of space and the visual experience.
The skin, for example, is the chief organ of touch and is also sensitive to heat gain and loss; both radiant and conducted heat are detected by the skin. Hence, strictly speaking, the skin is both an immediate and a distance receptor. There is a general relationship between the evolutionary age of the receptor system and the amount and quality of information it conveys to the central nervous system. The tactile, or touch, systems are as old as life itself; indeed, the ability to respond to stimuli is one of the basic criteria of life.
One of the many ensuing changes is an increase in temperature, which in turn results in the puffing out of the feathers as though it were a hot summer day. The mechanism is very similar to the thermostat on the early cars that opened and closed the louvers on the radiator when the motor was hot or cold. Temperature has a great deal to do with how a person experiences crowding. A chain reaction of sorts is set in motion when there is not enough space to dissipate the heat of a crowd and the heat begins to build up.
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