AT Survey: How Much Space Per Person?

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250 square feet per person. We have a gut feeling that humans do well in a certain average amount of space. It is said (The Tipping Point?) that human communities operate best at basic unit of 150 people due to the area of land hunter gatherers needed to live off of, and we suspect that the same goes for interior space in 2007.

In light of all the conversations going on in the past few weeks, do you think that there is an average amount of space a person needs to be comfortable and what would you say that is (ie. 250 per person, or 750 for a family of three). (pic: Space: Japanese Design Solutions)

(When we taught school, we had our 22 children in a small classroom one year and a larger classroom the next and the difference in the stress level was noticeable. BTW - it was totally doable and we had a great year, but the larger classroom was definitely preferable.)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.