This paper reports on an attempt to elicit the differing 'meaning' man's surroundings have for him and discusses a number of ways in which such information might be presented to planners and architects. The purpose of such information is not only to bridge the language barrier between planners arid their 'public', but also to give the individual about to intervene in the environment an indication of what parts of the environment are significant to the public and what likely reaction there would be to changes affecting these parts. Our work owes much, for its foundation, to the Theory of Personal Constructs and accompanying Construct Repertory Techniques, formulated by G. Kelly in 1955.