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Space Planning Basics [Paperback]

by Mark Karlen
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May 4, 2009 0470231785 978-0470231784 3
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.

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From the Back Cover

The definitive book on space planning

Revised to address the most up-to-date developments in professional practice and technologies, Space Planning Basics, now in its Third Edition, offers a highly visual, step-by-step approach to developing preliminary floor plans for commercial spaces. It provides all the necessary tools and know-how to effectively organize and configure space and walks the designer through other considerations such as building code requirements and environmental control needs.

Illustrated with new drawings and exercises, this Third Edition develops the reader's applicable skills and ability to solve day-to-day issues in the real world. The text explains how to use matrices, bubble diagrams, block plans, and CAD templates for establishing a workable spatial organization.

New to this edition:

  • Coverage of the basics of stair design, an essential element in planning spaces

  • New section on stair design offers the basic information needed for incorporating this crucial component of interior space

  • Programming examples for both small and large commercial spaces (up to 4,000 square feet)

Thoughtfully designed to help the reader absorb and master the material through hands-on exercises, Space Planning Basics, Third Edition is a valuable learning tool for intermediate-level students in interior design, architecture, facilities management, and construction management, as well as professionals in these fields.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470231785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470231784
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basics, flawed details April 22, 2000
Format:Paperback
For very general understanding of Interior Design and as a study guide the NCIDQ exam this book is quite good. Be aware that as a tool for real world design solutions, it is lacking. The authors design philosophy and methodology are terrific, but the design solutions have problems. (example: A door entering into a two stall toilet room swings into the sink area. Anyone standing at the sink will be hit by the door when another person enters the room.) Although, if the reader has enough understanding of real world design conflicts and can spot the design errors in this book's illustrations, then the reader has gained the skill necessary to provide good workable design solutions. Many of the illustrtions do not comply with ADA guidlines, which is NOT necessary for passing the NCIDQ, but essential for the workplace. North Carolina, the state where I practice, has codified the ADA guidelines. Use this book as a study guide for NCIDQ. Be aware of design flaws. Use it at the office for philosophy and methodlogy only. If you are studying for NCIDQ, good luck, keep it simple, and parrot back everything that is required in your design solution. Do your finished design in black ink and write notes for everything.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough basic overview January 27, 2008
Format:Paperback
The book is a very good reference to the importance of the space planning process with thoughtful exercises incorporated. It is best as a text book vs. trying to read and understand it on your own.
You must understand that it's not a code book, so some of the dimensions, etc. should be verified based on your own location.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking February 21, 2010
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This book was lacking in many ways. Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors: Basic Skills by Rosemary Kilmer was a much better book on space planning and graphics for much less than this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Any college-level library appealing to architecture and interior design students - especially those involved in commercial buildings - needs SPACE PLANNING BASICS. The third updated edition includes coverage of stair design, a new section on such design, and programming examples for small and large commercial spaces (up to 4,000 square feet). Hands-on exercises and advice are perfect for intermediate-level students in construction management and interior design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind January 5, 2013
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This is the only book I have ever found that teaches the basics of space planning. It is a must have for interior designers and drafts persons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book June 10, 2010
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The book is very well written and has helped me tremendously. It came to me new so there wasn't actually anything wrong with it. I received it promptly without hesitation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book September 14, 2009
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I needed this book for required reading for my graduate studies. It is very basic beginner space planning ideas. The layout and explanations are easy and helpful. I already had a grasp on everything this book covers, but it's a good one to keep on the bookshelf for reference.
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