Academics, research students and practitioners are invited to submit design
research papers and critical project works that make a contribution to the
discipline of interior design/interior architecture through an engagement
with the provocation of URBAN + INTERIOR for the IDEA JOURNAL 2015.
Suzie Attiwill (RMIT University, Australia)
Luciano Crespi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Davide Fassi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Tongji University, China)
Elena Enrica Giunta (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Belén Hermida (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain)
Unprecedented movements of people, growth in population density and forces
of capitalism and globalism shape the twenty-first century urban
environment and transform how people live in the world – spatially,
temporally and subjectively. In the disciplines of interior design,
interior architecture, architecture, spatial design and urban design, one
encounters the coupling of the conditions of ‘urban’ and ‘interior’ with
increasing frequency. Urban interior, interior urbanization, urban
interiority and urban interior design are used as provocations for
designing, teaching and writing – researching and thinking – in cities and
cultures as diverse as Milan, Madrid, Melbourne, Jakarta, Austin, London,
Stockholm, Bangkok, Singapore and Bogotá.
While some might see this as the bringing together of vastly distinct
conditions and scales, the conjunction – urban and interior – seeks to
engage the potential of practices and techniques of disciplines concerned
with interior and urbanism in new ways involving multi-scalar,
multi-cultural, multi-discipline approaches. A rethinking of the concept of
interior is invited where the defining characteristics of enclosure, form
and structure are opened to other possibilities than an equation with the
inside of a building. ‘Interior’ is introduced here in an expanded sense. A
thinking differently about urbanism and the concept of ‘urban’ is also
The question of, and conjunction of, urban + interior is a critical one in
the contemporary context where the inhabitation of urban environments and
cities has exceeded the population living in rural areas. We are keen to
explore this condition through actual proposals, scenarios and solutions
that address the challenges, as well as historical, anthropological,
sociological and epistemological reflections.
The aspiration for this forthcoming issue of the IDEA JOURNAL is to gather
this emerging trajectory composed of practices, techniques, and genealogies
for future practice. With our call for submissions, we have not specified
research questions or positioned in advance what, how, when or why ‘urban’
and ‘interior’ are/might be connected. Our strategy is to be open to what
comes in and from this make an arrangement of connections where the
potential of urban + interior can be grasped, offered up and discussed.
The conjunctions, conversations and debates have already begun. The
editorial approach for this issue of the IDEA JOURNAL is different to the
individual guest editor of previous issues. Five people from three cities
are already in discussion about this emerging trajectory of urban +
interior: Suzie Attiwill from Melbourne and the research group Urban
Interior Laboratory; Davide Fassi, Luciano Crespi and Elena Enrica Giunta
from Politecnico di Milano – Design Department and Belén Hermida from
University CEU San Pablo in Madrid – who are co-directors and
co-coordinators of [MUID] the International Master in Urban Interior
Design, a program that is offered between POLI.Design in Milano and
University CEU San Pablo in Madrid. And now we would like to invite others
who are researching urban + interior – through design and projects, through
historical and theoretical research, through teaching – to contribute and
*REGISTRATION OF INTEREST:*
Authors are invited to register their interest in making a submission –
please visit http://idea-edu.com/journal/2015-idea-journal/ and register
via online form.
It is important to note that the registration of interest is not refereed;
acknowledgement of registration facilitates development of a proposal to
full research paper, refereed studio, visual essay or project review by
providing formatting guidelines and publication standards to registrants.
Registrations of interest will be responded to within one week of receipt.
Authors are encouraged to register sooner than later.
Any queries please contact Suzie Attiwill (executive editor) on email:
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Call for contributions: November 2014 to March 2015.
Registration of interest including 50 words and image will be acknowledged
within one week of sending.
Submission of full draft for review by April 30 2015.
Peer review process: May to June 2015.
Notification to authors of acceptance late July 2015.
Revisions by author(s) returned to Executive Editor by 30 September 2015.
Journal published early 2016.
IDEA JOURNAL is published by IDEA (Interior Design / Interior Architecture
ACN 135 337 236
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