Post 323 – by Gautam Shah
An interior space, is a multilateral entity. A small and simple interior space also offers variety of options for conducting tasks. These options relate to spatial character of the space, size, shape, orientations, anthropometrics, environmental conditions, connections with the outside world, amenities and facilities. Most of these are static factors but environment is a variable one. The space becomes vivid when it offers new experience possibilities. Group behaviour dynamics add new interest to the location.
Tasks stay put at a location for many different reasons. Tasks utilize fixed structures, amenities, facilities and consistent environmental conditions productively. Some tasks are well practised (routine), require less attention, and so allow more time for interactions with others and passive observance of other tasks. Locations where tasks are conducted consistently in the same time-space segments, evolve with many enrichments. Such locations, become marked-out (named) spaces and architecturally well defined units (bathing area, hay chopping area, etc.). Tasks depending on environmental conditions at a location cannot be space shifted because the combination of spatial qualities and environmental conditions are difficult to get elsewhere. Within a built-forms environment is well conditioned and the need to shift a task is less severe, compared to tasks in exterior areas that are dependent on climatic factors.
Tasks dependent on fixed amenities or facilities cannot be shifted. Tasks consisting of multiple processes, some of which need to shift around wherever these are available. Tasks require different space-spreads (extent) for various processes and may need re-siting. 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 shifted to new location or moved to different time schedule for experimentation, to relieve tedium, and develop new intra-personal equations or group behaviour mechanisms. Intra-personal interactions, even if non-verbal, act as a relief in task handling. Tasks have different settings or ethnic variations across societies. This is more apparent in craft tasks.
Casual tasks are ‘once in a while process. Casual tasks take into the stride the shortcomings of the space size, form, environmental conditions, and problems with group behaviour dynamics. Casual tasks are tactical solutions, rather then of any strategic planning. There is an urgency to accomplish the task as quickly as possible in whatever locational conditions that are available. Casual tasks are very exciting as these open-up new possibilities of space and time management. Casual tasks also generate new group behaviour dynamics and intra-personal relationships.
Physical Reach and Capacities are governed by the posture taken for the manual handling of tasks. These define the number of sub-tasks or processes that can be handled without requiring repositioning or shifting. Sub tasks that can be conducted in same posture and in a sequence are preferred. These two aspects determine the dependence on tools, equipment, structures, amenities, facilities for carrying out tasks. By rationalizing the task-spreads, one economizes on the physical energy of reach.