AR3211 Basic Space Design Studio Syllabus:

AR3211 Basic Space Design Studio Syllabus – Anna University Regulation 2021


 To enable the understanding of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of basic space design for human use.
 To facilitate exploration of ways to address timeless aspects involved in the design of human built habitat in a micro scale.
 To enable a sensitivity towards the cultural, particular and temporal aspects of architecture.


Humans create and shape spaces/ forms for use. Use includes all aspects of human life- starting from containing the human as a unit (anthropometrics), the needs for carrying out of basic activities, spatial requirements for them, relationship between spaces, requirements of shelter, privacy, social and cultural factors, environmental response, psychological well being, light and air, meaning and symbolism, structure and economy, and so on. Architecture as a discipline brings all these needs together into a coherent totality through the act of conscious design. Conscious design involves the study/analysis of the existing and extrapolating towards the future through speculation.

In the Basic Space Design Studio, the focus would be on simple architectural design projects that would enable the learning of the fundamentals of space with respect to all the above. The projects would be based on small, everyday situations involving simple circulation, materials and use. It could a typology of private or public nature. Some suggestive projects are bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, shop, pavilion, creche, snack bar, residence, petrol bunk, fire station, bus stop. There would be a maximum of three projects.

The techniques used for study and presentation can align themselves towards the above, such as cognitive maps, sketches, manual drawings, physical models with simple materials.


 Ability to design simple spaces for human use addressing spatial, social, cultural and temporal human needs.
 Ability to consider the particular context in the process of designing.


 Kent C. Bloomer, Charles W. Moore, ‘Body, Memory and Architecture’, Yale, 1977.
 Gaston Bachelard, ‘Poetics of Space’, Beacon Press, 1994.
 JuhaniPallasmaa, ‘The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses’, John Wiley,2012.
 Joseph De Chiara, Michael J Crosbie, ‘Time Saver Standards for Building Types’, McGraw Hill Professional 2001.
 Julius Panero, Martin Zelnik, ‘Human Dimension and Interior Space,’ Whitney Library of Design, 1975.
 Joseph De Chiara, Julius Panero, Martin Zelnik, Time Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning, McGraw Hill 2017.


1. Hideaki Hareguchi, A Comparative Analysis of 20th Century Houses, Academy Editions, 1988.
2. Sam F.Miller, Design Process: A Primer for Architectural and Interior Design, Van
Nostrand Reinhold, 1995.
3. Ernst Neuferts Architects Data, Wiley, 2012.
4. Philip Plowright, ‘Revealing Architectural Design: Methods, Frameworks and Tools’, Routledge, 2014.