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INTERIOR SPACES as SETTINGS for TASKS

TASKS are identifiable units of work at home or at places like office, industry, etc. Tasks require specific setting. Task settings are the parameters required to perform a task. The parameters include space forms, environment, time management, amenities, facilities, structures, enrichments and social interactions.

Tasks are repeating or unique. Main tasks have a basic module of work. Main tasks are purposive, so can be called productive, creative, or learning. Main tasks incorporate several processes, called sub-tasks. The processes or sub-tasks require a particular setting and very specific resources. Processes are both time and space dependent and also free of it. As a result some processes are handled without time and location compulsions. Such tasks also serve purposes such as relief, entertainment, social interactions, expression and communication. In other words sub tasks are physically invigorating and relaxing.

Tasks are strongly characterized by Time and Space. Tasks derive th…

PALLADIAN Window architecture

Palladian Window
Palladian architecture is a style of architecture that became popular across Europe in the 17th and 18th C. Palladio worked in the Venice region, so the Palladian window is also called a Venetian window. It is also called a Serlian window, because the architect Sebastiano Serlio mentioned it in his writings. Palladian windows made a comeback during the Post-Modern era. Architect Philip Johnson used it as a doorway (for University of Houston College of Architecture building -1985 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UH_Architecture_Building.jpg) and at the Museum of Television and Radio building -1991, New York City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Museum_of_Television_and_Radio_2006.jpg), saying 'I think
Palladian windows have a prettier shape. I wasn't trying to make any more important point than that'.


A Palladian window is a well proportioned symmetrical architectural composition for an opening system, like a large window. It is divided into three …

Openings in British Raj period of India

BRITISH RAJ PERIOD: During the British (and Dutch, French. Portuguese) colonizations in India building designs were refashioned to suit their perception, attitudes, functional and climatic needs. The Kothi or Bungalow though built through local materials and techniques and conceived for the tropical climate, had elements that satisfied such needs. The designs provided few new solutions for the local conditions so found immediate and wide acceptance among the local gentry. The double window (top + bottom) was one such element replacing the Zarokha openings. The double casement window had top and bottom sections each with double leaf shutters. It was similar to a Dutch door. It became a standard feature of many Indian residences and public buildings. The upper section was sufficiently protected by the awning or chhajja, and so could be kept open in all seasons. The lower section was opened in the evenings for the breeze over the floor level activities. It also allowed one to look out w…

COMPARING WINDOWS of FLW, LC and Mies

The three master Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and  Mies van der Roheof the Modern Age, each had a different approach to Architecture of Window Design. A comparative evaluation seeks to define their perceptions.


FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: FLW
by 1893 was an independent architect and who began window designing in Queen Anne style, but soon enough began to break away from the Victorian inspiration. It was a move to the Prairie house rectilinear window design that set a direction for the next 25 years. Wright had once said "beautiful buildings I could build if only it were unnecessary to cut holes in them."This was exemplified in Prairie house windows. Windows were no longer punctures in the wall or an element of the wall, but rather began to be elements on their own. They  created a visual stand, an ornamental factor, a visual interest under the darkened space below the elongated eaves. He began to open up the interior spaces with clear glass doors and windows as in Pr…

TYPES OF CLIENTS in Interior Design

>Clients are easy to deal, if are real, singular, grouped and well organized. Clients are not very difficult to handle even when are invisible or generalized, but are well defined. A professional’s work moves very fast and efficiently, when client’s feedback is certain or predictable.<


A Client can be assumed to be primarily a lay person. A lay person has very limited capacity to solve many of the problems: Quickly, Economically or Efficiently, Such a person would certainly desire the help of an expert, The lay person also understands that the expert will need to be compensated. A lay person with means to hire help is a client. A client desires a skilled person with predictable and socially acceptable behaviour -the Professional. A professional also needs assignments with compensation, to profess the skill. Client and a professional are thus mutually dependent.


CLIENT’S DISABILITIES

A client’s  disabilities manifest for many different reasons:

things are not always very simple…

Climate, Buildings, and Interior Design

Interior climate of a building is considered in the context of its inhabitants, their occupation or habitation style within a building shell. Inhabitants occupy or inhabit a building by carrying out activities, for duration, in an appropriate location, and with the help of distinctive tools or amenities. Occupants also use many systems that exchange energy with the environment, and thereby change the quality of environment in the interior space. Such systems affect heat, moisture, air velocity and quality of air.

Inhabitants are persons with a unique perceptive capacity, and so are affected by climate differently.


Inhabitants :     age / sex / physical state / psychological state / nature of acclimatizationActivities :        location / duration / amenities
Many different types of activities take place in a building shell, and often occur simultaneously or sequentially in the same place. Some activities, however can be shifted to other locations or staggered in time, depending on the …