Since the beginning of human civilization, architecture has often been associated with the creation of a more perfect world for people to live in. Many of the pioneer architects devised and choreographed various proposals for design solutions to improve people’s way of life, in particular, to meet the norms and morals of their societies. Although many of these concepts and buildings have undeniably influenced people’s way of life even to the present day, they failed in certain aspects to demonstrate an understanding or show sensitivity to the needs of particular groups of people. One such group is those in a quest for love, and their architectural needs are the subject of this thesis.
With the liberation of ideas towards sexual preferences in the new millennium, architecture no longer remains as a creator of a dream lifestyle that meets social norms. Instead it has taken a proactive role in creating designs that caters to the psychological and physiological needs of various groups of individuals. It is only through this proactive role and sensitivity in design that allows one to feel comfortable within the space that we can be often referred to as an effective social space.
The new millennium which had seen a dramatic growth in most cities to fulfill its economic interest, had led to the neglect of the people’s needs for social spaces in the city. This thesis critically analyses the various types of sociological and architectural concepts such as behavioural studies, privacy and crowding, intimacy and voyeurism, social visibility and sociology of spaces that influences one’s psychological and physiological comfort within particular spaces. It continues to examine various courtship practices between different societies and the relationship between courtship behaviour and spatial setting followed by a practical analysis of bars and clubs in Singapore as research model of successful social spaces. In the concluding chapter, the thesis argues whether architecture should just be a masterpiece art work that dominates one’s lifestyle, or a creation of designs that caters to the needs of particular groups of individuals.