Agoraphobia is a group of phobias concerned with avoiding situations wherein one maybe subjected to incapacitation, humiliation, danger or difficulty etc. and this is triggered by the 'environment' around us.
Psychological symptoms for this anxiety disorder are 'extreme or irrational fear of entering open or crowded places, of leaving one's own home, or being in places from which escape is difficult.'
It is identified by people’s behavioral response to spaces & environment.
Hukan desires attraction, interest, protection and safety, otherwise they need escape. This desperation for escape might lead to anxiety disorder, due to which individual tends to get through a space as quickly as possible, or even tries to stay away from places or stay home. This kind of desperation can be justified by past experiences, some trauma or crime scene, or news, terror, social behaviors & even uninteresting environment. Fears when not cope with in a right manner becomes phobia, identifying the root cause can help in finding solution & cure for psychological pain & suffering. And since Agoraphobia is related to public places & its environment, change starts right from observing what's going wrong in there! Right there! Right here!
Terrain vagues, vandalism, loss of humanized environment, poor social behaviors & public tolerance are all outcomes of designs not serving well...
For better understanding, imagine this scenario - little things that lead to major events. 'We all know human beings are desperate species especially children and youngsters. They get themselves away for things that make them wait (especially those of this generation) and go to alternate options that are easy and quick to grab. They would stay in bed or couch if not given enough space to play with freedom and noise, video games being part of it. They would rather stay at home and do nothing then to go and join the queue to get tickets for their favorite show. They will eventually get tired of waiting in te car due to traffic and their stress level will increase & may affect health. They won't be able to develop their self-confidence and conduct due to lack of interaction with public and strangers.