Alas! A new beginning!

So now is the time to start our journey into the new year, it is time to take every piece of information i have gathered, and every skill i have attained with inspiration from my marvellous professors, and push this forward.

So our introduction into the ID ‘PLACE’ module focuses on how we as designers would go about analysing specific buildings and how we would get a real insight into the historical, cultural, architectural, social and environmental issues of the building in order to transform it from a space to a place. The easiest, and most impressive way to get this information regarding a building is of course research, but not only this, we can also interview the building. Yes! Now it sounds strange, but if we almost imagine the building as a person we can find ourselves asking it deeper, more meaningful questions, giving ourselves very informative answers. This way of analysing a building helps us to explore and understand it from the inside out, transforming a space into a functional enduring place.

To understand ‘space’ we must also understand ‘place’ – Places are spaces with meaning. Meaning is often constructed through time is is therefor historical. You have to understand history to understand place. (1)

So, just take a minute to think, what is our understanding of a place? The dictionary definition of a place is ‘a portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone,’(2) but forget the definition, how to we as designers interpret place? well here is my understanding.

To me, a place can only be this over time, a new house will never be a home until the walls have heard cries and laughter, and until everybody within has felt happiness and sadness. A park will never become a place until we have visited it over and over again and have experienced different events here, once a space brings back  memory or feeling it then becomes a place. So as interior designers, it is our job to ensure that the way in which we choose to transform the space will enable the building or site to eventually become a place. To do this the space must be fit for purpose, and must fulfil its function perfectly whether this is the design of a nursery, kitchen, restaurant etc. the client and customer must feel how they would expect to feel in such an environment. Overall, we must carry out good design.

So throughout the following blog posts we will be:

  • Interviewing a special building and also researching the new masterplan for a Sheffield retail quarter
  • Revisiting one-point perspective and two-point perspectives in more detail
  • Researching different relevant materials and how and why the could be used within interior spaces i.e. Glass, woods, metals, bricks. We will do this by ordering samples from different manufacturers and companies over the christmas holidays and throughout the course
  • And finally i will be talking about our move into the new refurbished post office which will be the heart of design for Sheffield Hallam students.


(1) Coles, J., House, N., & Dawsonera. (2007). The fundamentals of interior architecture. Lausanne. AVA Academia.

(2) what is place


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