I began researching bicycling and pedestrian planning at the University of Queensland this week. I’m working with Dr. Derlie Mateo-Babiano.

In one of her journal articles, she wrote, “Westerners perceive space as a distance between objects, implying that the in-between area is empty space… The western house is organized spatially, wherein special rooms are provided for special functions: preparing food, entertaining and socializing, rest. On the other hand, in the Japanese space, a vague relationship exists between its nodes and connectors as a single space supports various functions segregated only by time.”