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Bind Your Living space with existing surroundings

Izidor Habjanič Dori

landscape architect, interior designer, living space energy researcher, and publicist

06/2017

Bind Your Living space with existing surroundings and the “Sleeping Beauty” of beneficial energy will awaken!

You are in a perfect position right now! You will learn about the first rule of how to evoke your good, reliable and inexhaustible friend, your living space. Today we will give our full attention to an important principle for ensuring the supply of potential energy for your home. This principle is: synchronize your living space with its existing environment.

The principle “synchronizing your living space with characteristics of existing (immediate and even broader) environment” can be found in the core of every good advice, wherever you find some reliable know-how about DIY designing good and healthy living space.

By understanding this principle, you will better understand any given advice on arranging your living space, being one from the very old knowledge source or one from the latest discoveries of modern science.  And you will see and feel the big difference after employing this principle!

So keep reading, execute few small action steps given today and enjoy the wonder of positive changes, you will get to experience.

Every living space is like a “Sleeping Beauty.” When gently and adequately awakened, it will become your tireless wisher. It will become your untiring energy supplier, your reliable source for your strength, health, and harmonious life (Photograph via Unsplash)

Let’s focus on understanding the simple logic of  “Synchronise your living space with its surroundings” first!

Your living space is just a small part of something bigger. It is a part of its immediate and even broader environment.

Being a unit (your living space) that is in harmony with the greater whole (environment) is far better than being a unit, that is foreign and inconsistent part of its greater whole. Maybe in some other fields of our life, it is not always so. But in the environmental and ecological world, you must adapt to the bigger system. As far as possible. To live better or even just to survive.

“For designing a good, healthy, most comfortable and energy-rich living space, it is far better to bland in than to stand out!”

It is a fact that seems a clearcut logic, but… There are many examples of  “outstanding” designs! We can see them on every step, architecture that ignores the immediate environment. Architecture that is trying to establish itself as the crown of creation, not taking into account the need for coherence with the immediate landscape, climate or tradition. We can justifiably call this architecture OUTSTANDING.

And sadly, “outstanding” is many times even a common term of professionally praised creativeness!

We can see it on every step! Many, too many examples of  “outstanding” architecture! (Photograph via Unsplash)

Make sure your living space would not feel like a thorn in the paw of a lion (lion, symbolizing surroundings, that can be your friend, but also a very, very tough opponent)! (Photograph via Unsplash)

Now, the stunning positive results, synchronization have on the inhabitants, is something you can and you will witness! Right away, as your own experience. That is immediate after you choose to make some first small steps of implementation RECOMMENDED below!

How to start and implement the principle

FIRST STEP:

Go out and take a beautiful picture!

Start with going out for a moment and photograph the building that protects and embraces your home. Concentrate on geting one or more photos showing entreance of your home house and as much as posiblle of its surroundings. Every thing that you see daily at approaching the space of your main entrance.

Do not worry if you live in a large multi-apartment block and can not affect the appearance of the main entrance. Make relevant photos of main entrance to your apartment and the neighbours entrances of the common hallway instead (than use the following advice bellow, for making the adjustment and synchronisation of your main entrance to your apartment with neighbours entrances in the common hallway)…

SECOND STEP:

Analyze your situation!

Now look at the your pictures. Get acquaint with your situation! Look how much your living space is (or is not) connected with surroundings. Has your living space elements that define characteristics of its surroundings, its immediate or wider characteristics? Can you tell by looking at your picture where you live? Are you living in Europe, near Alps or in Africa, near desert? Is your home situated in rural landscape or in extremely urban city-landscape?

Try to define which design elements enclosing your living space (if any) are sending a clear message or info, where your home building stands, where it lies geographically. And by searching the elements of synchronization with the immediate or even wider location, that is with its physical characteristics, like landscape, climate, land use, vegetation etc. you certainly should look also for elements of metaphysical characteristics (history, culture), if present.

THIRD STEP:

Analyze your situation, action oriented!

Now, we should do the more action-oriented analysis. Inspect specifically tree elements that create and enable synchronization with your location’s characteristics : (1) architecture, (2) vegetation and (3) decorating elements.

(1) architecture

Look at your pictures and inspect your home’s building. Look at its shape, roof incline, facade color, window style (shape, material, and color) and the main entrance door (shape, material, and color).

Ask yourself, is the architecture of your building an element that is blending in or standing out in the neighborhood? What about even broader urbanscape or landscape?

Follow a simple example story (in pictures below) about using inappropriate facade color (invented) : 

The family of Mr. Colorescu has long lived in the colorful village (pictured below). But recently they moved away, from this street to the little town, far, far away. (Photograph via Unsplash)

This (below) is the new hometown of family Colorescu. Can you find the small, house restored and refreshed by the family, just before they moved in?

This (below) is the memory photo of cityscape before family Colorescu moved in. (Photograph via Unsplash)

Follow the two examples of architecture design not able to blend with surroundings (this time not invented):

First/ See the house below, an “alien” that is failing to blend in completely. It looks like “lounge” from the sky (or drawing board). (Photograph via Unsplash)

Second/ The architecture on the picture below fails to blend in with immediate surroundings: the user crossing his inside and outside living space is always pushed in a clash between horizontal and vertical parts of the design. There is no smooth interaction with the immediate environment because there is no gradual transition between buildings verticals and outdoor horizontal flat plain. (Photograph via Unsplash)

 

Now rate your situation, roughly estimate between 1 and 10!

Now back to your picture (your situation)! Make a rough estimate of a degree of synchronization or degree of harmony between the architecture (with its additions) and the surroundings. Assess the architectural design harmony with your surroundings.

 

(2) vegetation

Now go and look at the picture once again and ask yourself, is vegetation blending in or standing out of the vegetational characteristics of your geographical location?

Standing out? Don’t! You do not want to stand out in the neighborhood with vegetation!

 

 

Follow the simple (invented) example story below about using inappropriate vegetation in pictures: 

Herr Strudel from Graz, Austria, had five fantastic business years. Consequently, he was able to buy a small piece of land on an exotic island in the tropics. He decided to live on this dream island.

After two years, Herr Strudel got homesick. He, therefore, decided to work on supplementing missing “Austrian” vegetation on the island! He planted some beautiful pine trees! … and next year pine trees will be followed by pumpkins!

The use of “native” vegetation is crucial for an abundant supply of energy to your home! By using vegetation, alien to the environment of your living space, you reject the potential of getting good beneficial energy supply.

You can damage your wellbeing by creating disharmonious living space situations by using too diversified (in their nature incompatible) plants!

Example of using inappropriate vegetation: construction of hedges with cypress, traditionally established plant for cemeteries, generates conflicts while mixing your living space with the cemetery symbolism.

Rate your rough estimate of succeeded plant synchronization in your situation (your picture) between 1 and 10!

Make a rough estimate of succeeded plant synchronization. Is there a clear connection between vegetation present in your living space and its broader surrounding? Are there many conflicting foreign species (e.g., palm trees, banana plants, cacti, etc. in continental climate region) for ostentatious purposes? Are there (m)any plants in conflict with the use of area they are planted in (e.g., Plants with thorns in the entrance area)?

(3) decorating elements

Finally look at your picture and ask yourself if there are some decorating elements that are helping your living space to blend in. Or are there some, causing a detachment from cultural and historical characteristics that define your living space’s surroundings.

Look and find this cultural/historical objects that are in harmony or disharmony with the given tradition of your homeland. Find all elements that could be considered as traditional. Spot also all foreign deco elements.

Simple example (invented) of using inappropriate symbolic/religious elements together: 

Don’t use foreign iconography. Better seize the opportunity and use the elements that are at home at a specific location, historically and culturally. This is always a real opportunity for synchronization, for strong integration with the environment in which we live.

Now, finally, rate your rough estimate of succeeded harmony between traditional/historical iconography and everything that is actually added near your living space building on your picture between 1 and 10!

FOURT STEP:

Synchronising (in just five final acts) your situation action oriented!

The average number of all tree score points for (1) architecture, (2) vegetation and (3) decorating elements is your estimate correlation between your home appearance and the physical/metaphysical characteristics of the area in which you live. It is all you need, your perfect starting point to creation step.

Now start powerful synchronizing of your living space. If you are skeptical, you won’t be for long! Just follow the advice.

Few things you can do to “blend in” are more costly (like investing in new facade painting if your color situation is clearly the result of a big misunderstanding (example(1)1). But in the majority of cases synchronizing possibilities are in a low-cost range. Among them now suggested: synchronization with (1) vegetation and synchronization with (2) decorating elements in just five final acts.

1. Bring in the design of your home only typical local/traditional vegetation

Find out and check what is the typical location/climate-vegetation and/or typical neighborhood/urban vegetation in your living space. Then invest some time/money to add as much as possible of this right (indigenous origin) vegetation to your living space. 

Get your architecture “connected” by providing a growing embracement of proper vegetation.

2. Place vegetation to exploits it’s harmonizing and mitigation capabilities

Let me suggest an especially productive way you can use even to upgrade the power of choosing the right plant: place this vegetation on critical edges between vertical and horizontal elements of your living space and between inside and outside the world of your living space. This is everywhere where contact between inside/outside living space occur. From the place near windows to the areas near doors. Anywhere where vertical build structures and gardens horizontal grounds are usually a place of tense encounter of two worlds.

In this places you should synchronize this difference, you should calm the tensions between this two worlds. With the use of vegetation, you can connect and unite this worlds on edge.

 

3. Set up representatives of the same plant species near edges in your living space! On both sides of the edge and near to each other

Place same vegetation species on both sides of your living space. Inside and outside. Place them near the edge between the vertical and horizontal part of living space. Place it near to each other, so they can communicate with each other. This will open the friendly dialog between this vegetation species and bring together, integrate and synchronize at the same time the tension on the edge between two worlds: vertical/horizontal and/or inside/outside.

With the smart placement of vegetation (even if it is not the proper one), we can calm the tensions between vertical and horizontal part of living space and between inside and outside living. The conflicting edge between the vertical house and its horizontal ground (lefthand picture) is synchronized with smart placement of vegetation (righthand photo). As a result, the building is more connected with surroundings, seems less toll and is offering a smooth transition between inside and outside living space.

Now that the potential capabilities of vegetation are outlined, I am sure you will find many ways to create some wonderfull activity steps of synchronising your home with vegetation. Act now! Do that!  … play with as many lucid ways for optimal selection of plants and the placement of those plants.

Finally let’s focus further on synchronization with the cheapest and quickest way to get in harmony with your surroundings: optimising your connections with tradition/culture of the site, using proper decor elements!

Let everybody know that you are connected with the culture, tradition, and history of your surroundings.

4. Find decorating elements of your existing local culture

First, invest some time to explore the history and tradition connected with your surroundings. I suggest strongly that you also take an exploratory walk in your neighborhood for this reason.

Figure out as much as possible about how the image of your cultural, traditional and historical facts is present in your surroundings. Who of your neighbors and which public buildings (and in which noticeable way) are sending and protecting the information about tradition and culture present in the part of the world you are living in. Which are the typical decorating elements that let you know exactly in which tradition lyes your homeland?

 5. Put away any misleading foreign elements, bring in the local elements

Now start to act! Put away, if you can, any misleading elements! Are there any Buddhas, Japanese garden elements, Indian or ancient Egyptian culture elements that are bringing confusion about where we are? Put them away!

Then bring some new typical representatives of existing local cultural/traditional originality. As many as necessary for getting a correct picture of originality, even if you could not get read of some exotic element.

Convince yourself visually (and everybody else) on where your living space is. Live no doubt about culture/history, your living space is a respectfull part of.

Bring only locally rooted  “traditional world”  into your outside living space and inside your home. Do it in a smart way, to blur the boundary between inside and outside.

THE END

 

You got some detailed instructions on how to start and implement the principle of synchronizing your living space with its existing environment! Applying them will bring an abundance of fresh beneficial energy. To you, for you, from your friend, your living space.

I am sure you will be actively tempted (motivated by positive results you will get to feel) to continue the never finished fun of traveling the journey toward the harmony of your living space with it’s more prominent picture. Also by rereading the older blogs and following the new ones, you will get many other low-cost and straightforward advice on how to synchronize your living space even more. The dialog with your living space seems simple. It is simple indeed if you know how to do it. But don’t underestimate the power of it. Do today’s suggested steps and conquer your problems in an exquisite, powerful and fun way.

Enjoy the process and the results!

Make sure your living space would not feel like a thorn in the paw of a lion! Design your living space to blend with its surroundings if you want a good, healthy, comfortable and energy-rich living space!

 

See you next time for simple bits of advice for evoking the beneficial powers of your living space!

 

Izidor HABJANIČ Dori

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