The notions of space are made physically manifest in architecture through the different elements that constitutes the basic identifiable parts of the man-made or built environment. Each of these elements possesses attributes inherent to their morphological construct which endow them as particular spatial properties, providing potential for their use and design in architectural compositions. The book examines the inherent attributes of ‘spacemaking’ elements like roofs, walls, doors, windows, columns, stairs and floors and analyses their implicit influences in the design of space. It traces the linguistic origin of the terms as well as the evolution of each element through history—from primeval structures to modern architecture. The effective applications of these are illustrated through extensive drawings and sketches of detailed case studies from all over the world.
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About the Author
Yatin Pandya is an author, activist, academician, researcher as well as practicing architect with his firm FOOTPRINTS E.A.R.T.H. A graduate of CEPT University, Ahmedabad with M.Arch. from McGill University, Canada, he was involved with architectural research as associate director of Vastu-Shilpa Foundation. He is the author of several books on architecture, published internationally. He received the IIA Award 2012 for Excellence in Architecture in Research category for the book Concepts of Space in Traditional Indian Architecture (Mapin) and has won many other national and international awards for architectural design, research as well as dissemination.