Fall 2013

PROXIMITY: Surrounding the Body

Interiors contain a range of layers that surround the body, such as the clothing one wears to the walls that surround the occupant. This studio will focus on the layers of interiority in proximity to the body, beginning with the closest layer - the clothes that one wears, and generate outward toward objects, interior surfaces and architecture, culminating in the context of the landscape. These tangible layers surround the body and form layers of interiors.

Special emphasis will be placed on the notion of proximity as it relates to perceptions of shelter and ownership as we move into the final project for the semester: the introduction of a women and children's shelter/resource center. The interior architecture will promote the development of the ideology and methodology of providing support to the underserved/homeless population. Issues of indoor air quality, lighting and programming will be specific drivers of this emphasis. The comprehensive project will include the design of an interior, where issues of programming, function and objects will be designed in relation to the body.

The impact of the interior environment on its inhabitants will also be designed with research and data about healthy building principles, as well as materials' assembly and detailing. The program of this project will require additional design elements that include upholstery, furniture, equipment, vertical and horizontal surfaces, and thresholds of interior and exterior.

The processes of recognizing the layers that surround us allow us to define what "interior" means. We can ask: does the body act as a gauge to the layers surrounding it? If so, what is this measurement? As we study the movement of the body in space, we will also explore how the body can be measured in relationship to itself, other people, scales, objects and air it encounters on the interior. These studies will then be used to further investigate how one develops a design methodology. The objective and subjective observations in the first few projects of the semester will be translated into a design language, meaning the marks, notations and observations you make through drawings and models will inform you of your own design process. These projects will be given to open up new approaches to design in order to discover how to challenge what you already know.