Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Communication of the Space

I went into The Ian Potter Art Gallery the other day, and knew immediately what the purpose of the space was appart form the fact I knew I was in a gallery of course. It then occurred to me that the space was communicating this to me.
I thought about this for a while and came to the conclusion that when we enter a space it should communicate it's purpose to us. I think that a well designed space lends itself to an automatic understanding of it's purpose.
If this is not the case I propose that the designer has not fully succeeded in their objective.

This proposition amplifies the point made in an earlier post that designers need to have a clear understanding of what activities are envisaged for the space. In the case of learning spaces what type of teaching is to be employed? Perhaps more than one type is envisaged but a clear remit and good design can accommodate this. That involves getting the varied range of stakeholders involved at the very beginning of a project.

Take a look at the two pictures below.They are communicating different uses whilst both being learning and teaching spaces. The use or type of teachng is obvious as soon as one enters the room. So if we want a more diverse range of learning environments it is paramount that the remit is clear. This is not always the case.
This gets me started on 'flexible spaces' but I don't have the patience to deal with that again tonight.

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