Post 212 ⇒ by Gautam Shah →
Tasks are distinctive units of work, at home or places like office or industry. Tasks require specific setting or stage to happen. The setting is characterized by Time scheduling, characteristic Space form, and the conducive Environment. The environment includes amenities, facilities, structures, enrichments and social interactions.
Tasks are always purposive, so are creative, educating and productive. Tasks’ setting is carefully selected or moulded in consideration of productivity or efficiency. Tasks also require resources of tools, equipments, raw materials and energy.
A task nominally, consists of sub tasks, some of which is repeating. Many of the sub tasks or processes are not dependent on particular setting or very specific resources. As a result sub task or processes are handled without time and location compulsions. Many of the sub tasks or processes provide relief from tedious work, and are also used for entertainment, social interactions, expression and communication. In other words sub tasks are physically invigorating and relaxing.
Tasks derive their efficiency, normally through sequencing in time and space, and also through our ability to interchange it. Tasks are scheduled at a location where required parameters are available. Tasks, however, shift the location if the setting parameters vary in time. Tasks substantially dependent on the environment, shift with changes in breeze direction, shading, illumination, etc.
Tasks requiring unique spatial qualities for efficiency and also for creativity and relaxation. Tasks continue to flourish at a location, till a better or exciting place or social accompaniments, are available. Tasks that flourish within groups and depend on group interactions for a diversion may even ignore time and space conveniences. Tasks are attached to entities like: space forms, environmental conditions, structures, amenities, facilities and other necessities.
Tasks are mainly oriented to advantageous environmental resources such as illumination, wind direction, sunlight or shadows. Orientation is a biological preference as well as cultural conditioning and accordingly people prefer left or right turning. Tasks occur at places from where some degree of command can be enforced over a larger domain. Tasks are also oriented to amenities and facilities, architectonic elements and to other people. Some tasks have sanctimonious associations and so are oriented to specific directions (like Mecca, East-Sun). One of the most preferred of orientations is the openings’ system like door, window, or a gap, because it extends the vision and allows to command further.
Task shifting is both a necessity for a change, and reflection of insufficiency of the current location. In built-forms where environment is well conditioned, the need to shift a task is less severe compared to tasks that are dependent on climatic factors. Similarly where a task for its productivity is extremely dependent on fixed amenities cannot be shifted. Tasks dependent on multiple processes, however, need to shift around wherever these are available. Tasks require different space spreads for various processes, and may need re-siting for accommodation. For a task the efficiency derives when wait for the right occasion or search for the right location is minimal. Some facilities are bounded amenities so some tasks cannot be easily relocated or rescheduled. In single room houses, tents and non-formal work areas (like rural craft workshops), tasks’ timings and their spread requirements are well matched.
Tasks are mostly positioned (and shifted around) within the same space segment and scheduled (and switched around) in sequential time section. Some tasks are ‘shifted to other space segments or deferred in time’. Such shifts in space and switches in time occur primarily for functional needs, but often to relieve the tedium and for experimentation.