Spatial design is the impartation of tangible form to elements, interiors and living environments. However, at its core, this field of design is concerned with the relationship between people, things and spaces. Students of spatial design must also consider how their designs relate to cities from an architectural viewpoint.
Second-Year ― Understanding the perspective and meaning of “designing space and air”
Student studies focus on the three fields of elements, interiors and living environments: “elements” includes everything that exists in a space, from furniture and lighting right down to doorknobs; “interiors” generally refers to interior commercial spaces such as shops and restaurants; and “living environments” entails the study of architectural design for residential buildings where people live. In general, first-year students are only able to grasp design in terms of physical things that can be seen. From the second year onward, however, students must adopt a perspective of “designing” the space and air that surround each object and understand what that means, even in the case of something as simple as designing a single shelf. For whom is the space being designed, and for what purpose will they use it?—these are the things that students will explore in greater depth. The first semester centers on completing acquisition of basic theories and skills, and the second semester on actual applications.
Third-Year ― Examining relation-centered design in pursuit of new possibilities in spatial design
Just what is a “space”? Space does not exist unless there is some sort of boundary defining it. So what exactly does a “boundary” refer to? Does it mean the division between self and other, family and outsider, house and surrounding area, city and the surrounding environment? Wherever we look, there are boundaries both visible and invisible, and certain types of spaces are considered to be comfortable and enjoyable from the perspectives of different people and different societies. In other words, spatial design can be conceptualized as the design of relationships between different things. During third-year studies, students use their spatial design capabilities and other basic skills learned during second-year studies to take on design challenges while delving further into the examination of relationships between people and people, people and things, people and spaces, people and nature, and other relation-centered design elements in pursuit of new possibilities in the field of spatial design.