Mich Scherdel – Lecture Notes

  Walls part 1

Beginning the lecture series, Mich Scherdel will be lecturing about the key construction elements and technical matters of key components that relate to us as interior designers.

 Kicking of the series about walls we were asked the simple question of why build walls?

as a group we came up with these answers

  1. Structure
  2. Protection
  3. Privacy
  4. Thermal Insulation
  5. Division
  6. Define Boundaries
  7. In-habitation
  8. Create atmosphere
  9. Define Routes
  10. Create Cities
  11. Displaying work; art
  12. To prepare for the future
  13. Design Features


Walls have been created with a variety of materials of the course of history, but in today’s practices usually steel or timber frames are the most methodical and practical choice of material, for their hard wearing structural properties.



Natural Stone


Concrete Blocks




Next he discussed with us the attributes and characteristics of designing a wall

  • height
  • Thickness
  • Shape
  • Materials
  • Texture
  • Strength
  • Dimensions
  • Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • insulation
  • ergonomics
  • Water Resistance
  • Acoustics
  • Lifespan

Walls are not simply thrown up and need special designing and considerations before they can be built, some of these are;

  • Privacy
  • Defining zones
  • Hygiene
  • flexibility
  • Security
  • Fire Protection
  • Maintenance
  • Foundations
  • Retaining Walls
  • Wall Loadings
  • Impact



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