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DOOR SHUTTERS --Mysticism and Technicalities

A door is a portal ‘leafed with a flap’ to control the ‘ingress and egress’ through it. A portal for pivoted doors was chiefly a load bearing and stopping element, in addition to being a decorative frame. However, with the advent of hinges a doorframe that can receive the hinge end was required. The portal and the frame were now two distinct entities. The portal could be in carved stone, masonry work or moulded plaster, but for the hinge receiving frame the option was limited to mainly wood and occasionally metals. The portal, the frame and theshutter have been three key architectonic elements of opening systems. Selectively one, two, or all have been elaborately treated.
Roman and Greek doors have simple portals and shutters with well-articulated in-fill panels. The Romanesque period saw the stone jambs with flutings and capping entablatures. Renaissance period shutters were simpler, but doorways were intricate. In France and Germany the doors were intricately carved replicating m…

DOORS -Physical, Nonphysical, Virtual, Pseudo doors

DOOR: The opening, the doorway or the portal, the door and the shutter, together constitute a Door Opening System. A door with a shutter is controllable opening system. The opening, doorway, door and shutter, could all, one or few of them be real, unreal, present or absent. Physical dooressentially requires a real gap and a real shutter. The shutters open, close, or take up many intermediate positions. Shutters have specific configuration, materials, size and scale. Physical doors, however, can have abstract adornments or attachments that give a deceptive characterto the door and belie their reality. Nonphysical door may not have an opening to transit, a doorway to distinctively mark the opening, or an operative door system to make it functional. A nonphysical door could be unreal or metaphoric. Virtual door does not reveal itself physically, but otherwise it is functionally as effective. Modern industrial plants, estates and institutional campuses have ‘open’ gaps or invisible doors …

OPERATIONS PHASE -for Interior Design Projects

 Operations Phase is the final part of the Project Management. It is considered an important phase for complex projects such as large Buildings and Industrial plants. Project Designers though familiar with all aspects of the project, rarely bother to attend to it. Interior Designers, unlike other building designers, continue to provide their services, long after the projects have become functional. Their continuous involvement in managing a project does not let them clearly perceive an operation’s phase. In real life conditions, owners or their managers (housekeeper, etc.) ‘manage’ the operations. However, complex Interior Design projects do require professional project operators or such services providersto attend to the project, efficiently and perpetually. The professional operators are highly competitive, but job-specific agencies. And when too many get involved, there are conflicts of interest, duplication of work and negligence of some key functions. Some of the operations’ servi…

CRAFT of WALL PAINTING (Neolithic)

Neolithic or the new Stone age, was a period of refinement of human tools techniques. It began about 10,000 BC, and lasted for next 6000 to 8000 years, or the onset of metals (Bronze and Iron) ages. The start and end periods are varied in different geological and climatic regions, and the defining parameters. Its beginning however, matches the global warming at the end of the ice age. The global warming of the climate led to many changes in world landscapes. Large parts of coastal areas were submerged due to the rise in sea levels. It closed many of the intercontinental land links and bridges. Melting of glaciers created new water reservoirs like rivers and lakes. Yet receding ice made very large area habitable. The change in the climate gave rise to a variety of plants, especially cereal grasses. Neolithic age people changed their lifestyles and nature of the livelihood. Hunter-gatherers now became farmers. The agriculture productivity was high enough to sustain the ever growing popul…