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What Is Spatial Design?

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Spatial Design is a newly evolving design concept and methodology that integrates and surpasses the established concepts of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, landscape design, public art, etc. It is radical in the way that it changes how a designer thinks about space and people. Keeping them at the nucleus of the design, it focuses on the flow of space between interior and exterior. To put it simply, it is the holistic field that is now bringing together the other architectural and design concepts.

Traditional fields of design like architecture and interior design take into consideration the factors of space and people, but spatial design takes it to a whole new level. It does so by introducing the concept of sustainability principles into the whole design process. The key idea which a spatial designer will consider is space location.

Spatial design works on the idea of the space being enclosed. It works equally well if such enclosures are four walls or when less rigid boundaries are present, such as of a township. The new realm of study focuses on the flow of space from inside to outside. On top of that, it recognizes the fact that such flow isn’t static over time. For example, when an individual leaves their house, they walk down to the curb, take a cab to the metro station, catch a train, and then walk from the station to their place of work.

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Throughout all of this, the flow of space is constantly changing and expanding. Ideally, this design should consider the flow throughout this sequence of actions. It is this idea of sustainability of the flow of space that sets spatial design apart from other design fields.

The use of technology in architecture and design is nothing new. Various surveying technologies are used to map the area for the construction of roads and buildings, as well as other structures. Computer aided design has been used for many decades in various realms concerning design, mostly in civil and mechanical. In recent past decades, the use of geographical information systems has aided in the design of larger areas. Even when they are useful aids to traditional architects, planners and designers, they actually form the core on which spatial design works. The original phase of a spatial design project starts with geo-information collected using geo-spatial techniques.

The field has brought in a paradigm shift to the thought process of designers. Spatial Designers often work alongside architects and interior designers. Their demand is picking up fast as individuals and organizations, both private and public, have started realizing the need and importance of them. Educational institutions have started offering courses in this type of design to meet the demand

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