The studio will speculatively explore and critically develop concepts of interiority and interior design in a ‘near future’ scenario. The semester will be developed in two phases of projects: 1. as discrete, relational systems, and 2. as interior interventions in urban contexts.
Through an introductory project referencing the exhibition and book ‘Closed Worlds’, and the instructor's recent essay ‘We are never not Inside’, students will develop responses to concepts of ‘closed’ and ‘open’ interior spatial and environmental systems. You will develop initial projects designed to support life and provoke alternative types of spatial occupation and formation.
To further support this goal, concepts of ‘world building’ and ‘speculative design’ will be introduced asking students to critically develop concepts of interiority focused on one or more ‘near futures’ where negative effects of the Anthropocene may become more evident. Using the first project as building block, students will develop a final project as an intervention of an ‘interior living system’ into an existing urban context.
Projects will be further supported by guided workshops which will take place throughout the semester. Students will explore and develop techniques using Augmented Reality and digital presentation, in addition to Robotics and other available modes of fabrication as well as Materials research. Students will begin to synthesize and merge and exchange between the digital and physical. Most importantly, the techniques, exercises and projects which will be used to provoke, develop and support theoretical and conceptual foundations for each student’s work at the advanced level.