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Space Planning Basics



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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 5/4/2009.

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    Space Planning Basics


Space planning involves much more than sketching a preliminary floor plan. A designer must take a client's programming needs into account and must also consider how other factors such as building codes and environmental factors affect a spatial composition. Space Planning Basics, now in its Third Edition, offers a highly visual, step-by-step approach to developing preliminary floor plans for commercial spaces. The book provides tools for visualizing space and walks the designer through other considerations such as building code requirements and environmental control needs. Specific programming techniques covered include matrices, bubble diagrams, CAD templates, block plans, and more. New to this edition are coverage of the basics of stair design, an essential aspect for planning spaces.

Author Biography

Mark Karlen, PhD, AIA, ASID, is the Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design program at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an ASID/STEP Workshop Leader preparing interior designers for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination. In addition to many years spent in interior design education, he has extensive practice experience in architecture and interior design. The author's academic experience includes Head of the Interior Design Department at the University of Cincinnati, Chair at the Department of Interior Design at Pratt Institute, and Dean of the Art and Design Division at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Personal Introduction
Introduction How to Read and Use This Book
Chapter 1
Defining Terms and Intent
The Synthesis Gap
The Design Program
Criteria Matrix
Prototypical Plan Sketches
Completing the Criteria Matrix
Relationship Diagrams
A Final Note on Planning Methodology
Chapter 2
Bubble Diagramming
Space Planning Exercises
Block Planning
Chapter 3
Human Factors
Barrier-Free Design Standards
The Three-Dimensional Reality
Chapter 4
The Building Shell
Plumbing Systems
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
Chapter 5
Building Codes
Lighting Design
Acoustical Planning
Planning Rules of Thumb
Spatial Quality
Interior Design Specialties
Chapter 6
Getting Started
Construction Reality
Start with Plumbing
Major Spaces Next
Circulation Studies
Basic Room Allocations
Furniture and Equipment
Storage and Filing
Spatial Quality
Chapter 7
Refining the Rough Plan
The Preliminary Floor Plan
Drawing Quality and Techniques
Chapter 8
Basic Implications
Programs Within Programs
Open Plan/Systems Furniture
The Speculative Office Building
Future Expansion
Planning New Buildings
A Final Note
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Basic Implications
Programs Within Programs
Appendix: Design Programs and Building Shells
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