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Symposium to Investigate Public Interiority – February 18, 2023

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    Jennifer Komar Olivarez

    Symposium to Investigate Public Interiority

    The School of Interior Architecture at the UT College of Architecture and Design is pleased to announce the Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition.

    Led by Liz Teston, associate professor, School of Interior Architecture, and others, the Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will be held in person at the University of Tennessee Knoxville on February 18, 2023with a public exhibition in the Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture from January 17-February 18, 2023. The symposium and exhibition establish a global platform to investigate public interiority.

    About the Symposium + Exhibition

    The UT Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition prompts designers to address the intersections between experience-based interiority and the city. It expands interiority beyond the simple enclosure and asserts an equal claim on urbanity and the commons. This question about interiority’s nature is critical and timely in the design discipline as it broadens our notion of interiors. It recognizes interiority’s primary features—human-scaled, responsive and phenomenologically driven spaces, regardless of enclosure.

    The symposium and exhibition will examine design’s role in assembling conditional interiors outside the architectural enclosure—outdoor urban conditions of interiority provisionally generate (and are generated by) stimuli such as atmospheres, forms, programs, politics and psychologies.

    Contemporary culture increasingly challenges the reductive nature of binary classifications. This fluidity should be understood to apply to definitions of interiority—places (interior, exterior, temporal or even virtual) that enrich interactions and lived experience.

    This symposium and exhibition will question fundamental ideas about the nature of interiority and how it creates and is created by public life–within a range of scales, including infrastructural, architectural, bodily and cognitive. It will also explore spatial practices that encourage inhabitants and designers to continually renegotiate and reassemble space beyond the confines of property, enclosure and permanence. Forces like intimacy, temporality and public interiority bear witness to the contemporary contexts within which they exist.

    The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition will consider the consequences of architectural porosity and the resultant interior leakage into the city. Likewise, we ask how ambiance, perception, everyday usage and public interest shape these cultural settings—addressing immediate and enduring needs for experiential communal places.

    The Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition seeks to bring together designers and scholars from various design backgrounds, geographies, and experiences. Through this symposium and exhibition, participants will engage in design actions, stimulate discussion and articulate latent futures within various mediated settings. The program will foster an environment for exchanging ideas, sharing creative works and envisioning a holistic approach to designing conditional interiors.

    Symposium + Exhibition Organizers, University of Tennessee

    • Liz Teston, primary contact, UT School of Interior Architecture
    • Hojung Kim, UT School of Interior Architecture
    • Marie Saldaña, UT School of Interior Architecture
    • Milagros Zingoni-Phielipp, director, UT School of Interior Architecture
    • Jason Young, dean, UT College of Architecture + Design

    External Editorial Board

    • Amy Campos, California College of the Arts
    • Ladi’Sasha Jones, Princeton University PhD Candidate
    • Igor Siddiqui, University of Texas-Austin
    • Penny Sparke, Kingston University
    • Karin Tehve, Pratt Institute

    More information:

    Symposium to Investigate Public Interiority


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