Social order and spatial dimensions

In Vidler's text "Agoraphobia: Spatial Estrangement in Georg Simmel and Siegfried Kracauer," Simmel's theory (and Kracauer's analysis of the theory) on the relation between social order and spatial dimensions, especially estrangement. "The Stranger", as a type, becomes an interesting topic in terms of exploring and understanding how much power space has in determining the role of an individual in the society. Urban planning and architecture, in this context, have become an unintentional catalyst for social estrangement and furthermore, agoraphobia: "[they] transformed the traditional city into Kracauer's nightmare of rationalism triumphant: a gigantic hotel atrium." For the current urban studio, we have been doing research on demographics to design in a more contextual and relevant way. But are we reinforcing or exacerbating problems in the society by trying to design for certain user groups - the trends or phenomena that we can observe now or the scenarios that we are predicting?