Notes on the Nature of Doors and Passages in Care Settings

Living Narrative

Excerpt from ENVIRONMENTAL & ARCHITECTURAL PHENOMENOLOGY (fall 2015) Vol. 26 ▪ No. 3

How concrete everything becomes in the world of the spirit when an object, a mere door, can give hesitation, temptation, de-sire, security, welcome and respect. If one were to give an account of all the doors one has closed and opened, of all the doors one would like to reopen, one would have tell the story of one’s entire life (Bachelard 1964).

The door and threshold are as old as the first shelter. Throughout time, men and women... more