Post 343 – by Gautam Shah
For a user, occupation of a space triggers a set of behaviour. For occupation the user has to find within the space, most appropriate location, orientation, body posture, facilities, amenities, and environment. One of the most obvious place, for all these aspects, is the core zone of the space. The core zone may not coincide with the geometric centrer or the focal point architectural form.
Where no focal identity for occupation exists, the user establishes a new one. This is done by:
- Positioning own-self at some important location (Cris-cross of many spatial lines),
- Orienting to some feature of the space (like an entrance door, window),
- Being closer to something (wall, column, furniture),
- Associating with other occupants (through ‘social distancing’),
- Being part of favourable environmental segment.
There are other operative factors that matter in occupation of a space, such as:
- Range of cognition (capacity to perceive),
- Physical proximity (level of social interaction),
- Scale of relationship (age, sex, social status)
- Possibilities of communication.
The user also needs to have some control over the space, such as:
- Opportunity to change the location and position (including the posture) within the space,
- Choice to interact or not with others; adjust the spatial quality at micro level (scale and schedule wise) and thereby the environmental conditions,
- Be noticed or notice others,
- Form sub-core zones,
- Shift to peripheral zones and be able to conduct exclusive tasks,
- Way to leave the space either in full knowledge of others or without being noticed.
A user, unless is an owner of the domain, will not be allowed to change the architectonic character of the space, import, shift or relocate amenities and facilities, alter the quality of environment that perhaps is not acceptable to others.
In very large spaces adjacent walls, hedges, mid columns, flower pots, water fountains, lamp posts, flooring, ceiling, and such other patterns and objects provide points of anchorage for space occupation. Spatial configurations like a stage, podiums, projection screens, speakers, singers, vivid objects, also hold interest by providing involvement.
In parties, hosts make a conscious effort to break intimate formations by removing or adding key or active persons, or repositioning and rescheduling the activities. In clubs and places of entertainment the environment (lighting, furniture, equipment) and programmes are reset to shift the focus off certain space segments. Group gatherings are designed to occupy different space segments (hall, terrace, lounge, library, garden lawn, etc.), variegated environmental conditions (bright vs diffused illumination, change of music, etc.) and diversions (toast by the host, magic shows, musical renderings, dancing, etc.).