Amber Fort and Palace, Jaipur, India, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. This historic example demonstrates sophisticated wisdom and knowledge deployed by sensitive designers. This interstitial hall, open on one side to an interior courtyard garden, incorporates a water channel. A gently gurgling cascade of water is captured at the bottom of the channel and used to water the rose bushes in the garden. Windows on either end of the feature ventilate the space. The water would have been fragranced with rose essence which would also have been distributed by the cross breeze, thereby delighting several of the human senses.
Discuss locomotion, without an acquaintance with the principles of mechanics; or respiration, without some tincture of chemistry.28
Similarly, it is the role of the interior designer to uncover the exact means by which designed spaces affect the faculties of human behavior and emotion. With this purpose in mind, Huxley’s definition of psychology’s unique relationship to physiology might be reformulated to express the interior’s place in relation to the built environment:
Interior design is a part of the science of the built environment, Room ideas which differs from the other branches of that science merely in so far as it deals with the qualitative, in addition to the physical, transformation of space intended to enhance human experience.
Ideally, interior design would generate desirable cognitive responses, just as the engineer resolves structural and mechanical systems within a physical shell. The architect plans the physical building brick by brick, while the interior designer seeks to combine experience, feeling, and perception in material form. As the architect and engineer explore the means by which a building will stand, so must the interior designer explore the means by which to create the optimally supportive environment, spaces in which human beings can thrive.
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