“Space” quintessentially is defined in reference to its own context, and then is it truly possible to ensure that it can be flexed in a real sense of the term. Considering function dominates the utilization of space in the modern built form, the need of the hour is to be able to customize and predict the potential function and occupancy level of the from at the design stages of any given project.
The second given parameter that helps us define space is its interactions with humanity. The activity patterns and circulation zones in the built form impart character to the space it contains. Space design is meant to influence our emotions.
The obvious question that arises is that if space flexes then the emotional reaction it causes changes too. But have we as architects been able to bring about this change intentionally or is it simply a by-product of shift in function. Functional changes need to be taken slowly, requiring time for reflection throughout the form and the emotional reaction it might cause. Modern space needs to work on its quality of being memorable.
The new rules of planning should not cause for us to lose sight of the true reasons to build. Space is meant to have character, individuality and be distinct in its true form.
1. What is the way to ensure that space is flexed without damaging its distinct character?
2. Can character be retrofitted into an existing space?