Interiority as a Guide to Intent
Interiority stands for the complex relationships a dweller has with their dwelling. The dweller is intricately interconnected with the home as a place, the field of work and the locus of consumption. As a concept, interiority stands for that which is occupied, the quality of being interior or inward, dwelled within and housed. Historically, these interconnections reach into the realms of meaning, identity and soul: they define the relationship of the dweller to the dwelling, the community and the larger world. It is through that relationship that the designer interacts with the dweller in the space they have designed. Interiority then is the interface between the designer and the user. Successively, the enlightenment, the rise of industrial capitalism and digital technology have influenced our interiority and shaped and constrained the designer’s role in creating that interiority. This paper will explore the changing nature of interiority from its traditional place in indigenous culture, through key moments in modernity with a view to using it as a measure of the success and value of design.
Proceedings of [in]arch International Conference 2018. The Stories of Interior: Multiple Perspectives on Interiority
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