IFW2010: Interiors Forum World (Oct 2010, Milano)

INTERIOR WOR[L]DS, 5-6 October 2010 Conference, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
27 September – 8 October 2010 Exhibition

The premises laid down by IFW2010 is that in our globalised world it is possible to construct a single unified narrative – though one with different facets – or to describe/specify a complex constellation of Interiors by means of the words that characterise them.

IFW2010 is looking for the “key words” for Interiors. What are they? How many are there? What are they about? What stories, people, projects, architectural spaces and shapes do they conjure up? Are they declarations of intent? Or cultural manifestos? Are they words from the past that have survived into the present, or words of the present in which the future is germinating?

Words tell stories, specify things; words also open onto other worlds and different ways of thinking. We want to understand, discuss, and compare notes, without having to classify: for words generate ideas, not ideas words. Not only that: as they are passed around, words spread ideas, stimulate other ideas to germinate, constantly reinventing themselves because they are never definitive, but free and open to change. Words also represent things, and things can be a means of making new stories, new ideas. As words transform themselves over time in any given society, country or economy we should look for the “key words” for Interiors: let us freeze-frame certain ideas, clarify them, assert them – but always remembering they belong in an open panorama of thought.

The Call is open to scholars, academics, lecturers, Ph.D. students and professionals.

Papers: 15 FEB 2010
Posters: 15 MAY 2010

Ph.D. Board in Interior Architecture and Exhibit Design
Politecnico di Milano, Italy


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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