Spatial Design at AUT

School of Art + Design, AUT University, Auckland, NZ

Inside, Outside and In-between: Exploring Concepts of Space

The relationship between interior and exterior spaces is up for discussion at the 2010 Interstices Under Construction Symposium, Unsettled Containers: Aspects of Interiority.

The Interstices Under Construction Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging and established architecture researchers jointly organised by The University of Auckland and AUT University.

This year’s symposium is inspired by the writings of German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, for whom the creation of interior space is one of the most important aspects of being human: prematurely entering the world from the first inner space, the womb, we endlessly recreate spheres in which to immerse ourselves. Ideas to be explored during the symposium include why and how humans categorise spaces into those that contain us (interior) and those that expose us (exterior).

Contributors to the symposium have been invited to challenge the traditional distinction between interior and exterior spaces and to consider what interior, exterior and blended spaces may look like in the future.

Professor David Leatherbarrow (University of Pennsylvania School of Design) will deliver his keynote speech, Disorientation and Disclosure, on 8 October 2010 at 6:30 pm, following a panel discussion with professionals from 4:30 to 5:30pm, and the launch of the latest issue of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, “The Traction of Drawing” at 6pm. Professor Leatherbarrow is a world-renowned writer whose influence is recognisable in debates about the appearance and perception of architecture, and how it is shaped by topography. He is currently working on a book about the relationships between architecture and the city, arguing for the primacy of topography in both areas of design.


Dr Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul
Associate Professor Spatial Design, School of Art and Design, AUT University

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