SPATIAL DESIGN IS HUMAN CENTRIC:
BAUKUNST is a german word built from two words BAU and KUNST. In the German language one can join words to each other to create a new word with a new meaning. You could translate BAUKUNST into english as meaning “the art of building” or “building as art”, however this would not capture the true meaning or force of the new combined word. I think it would be better to say that BAUKUNST is where building becomes more than just the sum of its parts. When one hears the word BAUKUNST one thinks not only of the Craftsmanship in details, choice of Materials, play of Light and Proportions but also of the Holistic dimension where two WORLDS and WORDS merge into one.
The same can be said of the German word RAUMKUNST, a word that I have being using since I first started out as an freelance architect to describe the extra dimension, that next level in thinking about space and design in relationship to the user , the viewer or mankind. The micro and the macro scales are central to my understanding of RAUMKUNST or SPATIAL DESIGN. Language and the understanding or misunderstanding of language demonstrates how difficult it is to communicate about good or bad architecture, good or bad space. Translating RAUMKUNST directly into english as SPATIAL ART would create all sorts of “space” for missunderstandings. A better translation would be SPATIAL DESIGN which I concider to be the holistic design of space for human use.
SPATIAL DESIGN is micro and macro:
There are infinite ways to improve our everyday life. Women, Men and Children are hugely influenced by their sorroundings. It is simple, beauty exists in nature but everything we as humankind add to the world, set into the space in which we live and exist, can add or distract from this beauty. This has nothing to do with scale, small and big or MICRO and MACRO additions to the environment and our everyday lifes will effect positively or negatively our existence. From the chair to the building, from the house to the city.
We need courageous and informed clients to create positive or good spatial design. Quality, beauty and authentic does not cost more than building mediocrity and negative spatial design. The true costs can not be measured in money alone, they are human qualities like conviction, commitment and creativity. The task we set ourselves is to approach every project small or big with the same commitment, conviction and level of creativity. Thats how unique and worthy projects, and additions to the world, can be achieved. It is the people involved that matter. Spatial Design is Human Centric.