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Chongqing: stools carried

During our Chongqing morning session we came across numerous folk hurrying along to somewhere carrying small stools. It turned out they were all heading to a seminar sponsored by a medical company (below) in a place where seating was not supplied.

Do you live in a culture where its normal to sit or squat? How does this impact the (seating) infrastructure you expect to find, and in which context? How does it impact what you are likely to carry? And (gosh) if you design things that people carry (how) does this affect their likely interaction preferences?

Chongqing: morning meeting