NOMADIC INTERIORS. Living and inhabiting in an age of migrations.
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Identity and diversity – whether cultural, ethnic, religious or political – mark our contemporary global context on a daily basis. We live in an age that might be defined by migration, of population flow, by the movement of people, of information, of knowledge… From continent to continent, from nation to nation, from region to region, from city to city, individuals or groups of people overcome geographic borders and cultural or linguistic barriers in search of an economic comfort zone; for a new lease on life for their children; as well as for study purposes; for tourism or to experience new lifestyles and social relations.
Old and new nomads, inscribe traces, invisible or real, on the places they cross and where they stop, generating linguistic, cultural, lifestyle contaminations. They remark, delete or reconfigure their identity, absorbing or rejecting differences. By traveling and stopping – temporarily or permanently – they retrace paths followed by others or design new ones. It’s a movement of global intensification that configures ways of living, inhabiting, and being in the world.
On the other hand, the concept of the Interior has profoundly changed. It is no longer tied to the domestic and work sphere only – a dichotomy that Walter Benjamin used to tie to the capitalist society of the end of Nineteenth century – it now includes all places of associated and collective life. The metropolitan environment, specifically, is characterized by a succession of «internities», sometimes with (transient, feeble, fleeting) or mutating borders, that everyone re-owns in a more or less permanent way.
Proximity, Hybridization, Multiculturalism, Mobility, Identity, Diversity seem to characterize spaces for contemporary life, culture, training, hospitality, leisure, work, commerce and social relations.
- How much have the concepts of place and identity changed in the age of migrations and multiculturalism?
- How have the concept of inhabiting and its forms changed in a condition of global nomadism?
- What new spaces and architectures are generated by the idea and practice of nomadism?
- How much has the collective space of a society, marked by the intensification of mobility, changed?
- What effects did the new technologies of access to knowledge have on spaces and shapes of places for culture, museums, libraries, schools, universities?
- How the idea of contemporary interior has changed and how is it being modified?
- How to redefine the theory and practice of the project of Interior between globalism and localism?
These are some of the questions which Interiors Forum World 2015 «Nomadic Interiors – living and inhabiting in an age of migrations» poses and aims to seek contributions for critical input.
Welcome from Politecnico di Milano
9.30 | Giovanni Azzone, Rector
Ilaria Valente, Dean School of Architecture and society
Gabriele Pasqui, Director DAS
9.45 | Luca Basso Peressut, Coordinator DRAIA and PAUI PhD Program
10.00| Franco La Cecla, Anthropologist and Writer
10.45| coffee break
Thematic session|Figures of Displacement
11.00|Daniel Cid Moragas, ELISAVA Barcelona
11.30| Peter Leese, University of Copenhagen
Visualising Migrant Interiors: George Sims and Jacob Epstein
12.00|Andrew Martino, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
The Interior Migrations of Roberto Bolaño
12.30|Jorge Mejia Hernandez, TU Delft
The Snail’s Strategy: Shifting Architectural Interiors and Potemkinization as Urban Resistance Tactics
13.00| lunch break
Thematic session|Hybrid Domesticities
14.00|Hilde Heynen, Universiteit Leuven
14.30|Elena Giunta, Agnese Rebaglio, Politecnico di Milano
Nor House, not Home: Temporary, Hospitable, Cross-Cultural
15.00|Sally Stone, Manchester School of Architecture
At Home in Work
15:30|Eva Storgaard, University of Antwerp
Temporary Appropriation in Transit Interiors: Inhabitation of Shared Spaces in Student Hostels
Thematic session|Interior Landscapes
16.30|Graeme Brooker, Middlesex University, London
17.00|Olgierd Nitka, Hong Kong University
Rhythmic Scaling in Architecture: A Case Study of Fashion Boutiques
17.30|Mark Pimlott, TU Delft
Une Ville Intérieure: The Case of Montréal
18.00|Francesco Lenzini, Politecnico di Milano
Contemporary Public Spaces as Expression of Conceptual Nomadism
18.30|Gregory Marinic, University of Houston
Interstate Migrations: Obsolescence, Adaptation, and the Globalization of the Dead Mall
09:30|Arianna Dagnino, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Thematic session|Ephemeral Environments
10.30|Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, Politecnico di Milano
11.00|Obioma Oji, University of Edinburgh
The Space Between: How People Use Space Efficiently
11.30|Clay Odom, The University of Texas School of Architecture, Austin
Mobile Processes, Transient Productions: Nomadic Spatial Practices
12.00|Tiziano Aglieri Rinella, IULM University, Milano
Reversible Solutions for Temporary Hospitality
12.30| lunch break
14.00|Andrea Branzi, Politecnico di Milano
Thematic session|Heterotopic Interiors
15.00|Fatima Pombo, Universiteit Leuven
15.30|Marie Frier Hvejsel, Anne Marie Fisker, Aalborg University
Learning through Nomadic Interiors: Villa Rotonda through the Lenses of Heterotopia
16.00|Davide Fabio Colaci, Chiara Lionello, Politecnico di Milano
Glitch Interiors: Forms of Inner Nomadism in the Culture of Interior Design
16.30|Marta López Marcos, University of Seville
Inside/Outside: On the Hybridization of Real and Virtual Spaces for Resistant Bodies
18.00|L. Basso Peressut, Politecnico di Milano
- Grafe, TU Delft