Other Names: Space Making, Architectural Design, Urban Design, Space Planning, Service Design, UX Design, Interior Design
An inclusive framing of a collective built environment design approach to practice.
Note: There is an important distinction made in this description between the Profession; a legal designation that protects the public and members of a ‘profession’ and the Discipline; the skills, experience, techniques of an area of practice.
Scales of Spatial Design, based on work with ASF-UK and others (Image; Bennett)
Spatial Design is the framing of an emerging cross-discipline of design that brings together traditional Built Environment design specialisations through collective actions, methods and approaches to space-making, neighbourhood building and general structural making.
Spatial Design is not a professional designation (yet), but rather an inclusive conceptual framing of communicative, visual, and co-productive practices in the built environment.
The disciplinary aspects of Spatial Design typically includes the disciplines of architecture, urban, landscape, planning, construction, interior and service design, as well other non-professionalised space-making practices such as public art, grass-roots building and making.
Examples of those who work through Spatial Design practice approaches
Ubuntu Design Group Story – Wandile Mthiyane
Knowledge Imperatives for Southern Urbanisms – Edgar Pieterse
Spatial Design Course – KADK
About Spatial Agency – Spatial Agency
Design Stories – Spatial Narratives
Landman, K. (2016) ‘The transformation of public space in South Africa and the role of urban design’, Urban Design International. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., 21(1), pp. 78–92. doi: 10.1057/udi.2015.24.rticiapate
Keeton, R. and Nijhuis, S. (2019) ‘International Planning Studies Spatial challenges in contemporary African New Towns and potentials for alternative planning strategies Spatial challenges in contemporary African New Towns and potentials for alternative planning strategies’. doi: 10.1080/13563475.2019.1660625.
Hamdi, N. (2013) Small change: About the art of practice and the limits of planning in cities, Small Change: About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities. London ; Sterling, Va: Earthscan. doi: 10.4324/9781849772532.
Awan, N., Schneider, T. and Till, J. (2011) Spatial Agency: other ways of doing architecture, Other Ways of Doing Architecture. Edited by N. Awan, Tatjana Schneider, and J. Till. Abbingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.