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Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment

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Interior design helps to shape all aspects of our lives and has now come of age both intellectually and professionally. This text sets out to change and clarify the perceptions and misconceptions about contemporary interior design by examining some of the key issues that define what it is, how it is different from architecture, what specific skills it requires and what design problems it solves. The book also aspires to provide new creative possibilities which can help not only to expand and distinguish the ...

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Overview

Interior design helps to shape all aspects of our lives and has now come of age both intellectually and professionally. This text sets out to change and clarify the perceptions and misconceptions about contemporary interior design by examining some of the key issues that define what it is, how it is different from architecture, what specific skills it requires and what design problems it solves. The book also aspires to provide new creative possibilities which can help not only to expand and distinguish the discipline but also elevate its stature and esteem. Provocatively written by one of the foremost educators and practitioners in the field, this book will be essential for all interior design students and teachers, as well as appealing to practitioners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856697569
  • Publisher: King, Laurence Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/10/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Picture credits 4

Author's acknowledgments 5

Preface Susan S. Szenasy 6

Introduction 8

The Search for Shelter 11

Shelter's Human Roots

The Lost Origins of Building

Reclaiming the Past

Being 35

Interior Space and the Second Skin

Extensipns of Self

The Un-Universal Man

Design for Basic Human Needs (Measures of Man)

Design for Well-Being

Inside 81

The Emergence of Prevailing Stereotypes

The Psychology Analogy

Empirical Knowledge

Designing Habitable Space

Design 119

Toward a New Design

Acknowledging Design's Complex Nature

The Development of Experiential Knowledge

Establishing a Protocol for Phenomenological Investigations

The Identification of Qualitative Design Factors

Epilogue: Out From Within 167

Endnotes 182

Further reading 193

Index 198

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