Flow 1 & 2: interiors and landscape (May 2011, London)

FLOW: a conference in two parts
Deadline for abstracts: Flow 2- changed to 21 Sep 2011

Two linked conferences – FLOW 1 and FLOW 2 – will address issues of the relationships between interiors and landscape. FLOW 1 will take a historical perspective covering the period from the late nineteenth century to the present day. It will be hosted by the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC) in collaboration with the Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University, in London on the 12th and 13th May 2011. FLOW 2 takes a critical approach to contemporary environments, and will develop themes and issues that emerge at FLOW 1 in London. This conference will take place at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, in February 2012.

The FLOW conferences invite scholarship that focuses on the relationships between interiors and landscape. This recognises that the ‘transitional spaces’ of the home – conservatories, balconies, picture windows etc. – have offered, and continue to offer, new configurations for mediating the exterior and interior as intermediate zones of occupation and performance. Equally the continuous, undefined urban condition of supermodern public spaces – international airports, shopping malls and post industrial parks etc. – render problematic the relatively simple concepts of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, ‘private’ and ‘public’ and ‘domestic’ and ‘non-domestic’. The ‘fluidity’ of landscape space and time is similarly informing critical discussion about design, change, occupation and conservation in the outside environment.

For FLOW 1 we welcome proposals for 20 minute conference papers. They may take the form of historical or contemporary case-studies that examine an aspect of visual, material or spatial culture of the interior/exterior with reference to the following conference themes:

  • Indoor/outdoor continuities of the ephemeral and the material
  • Spatial ambiguity as presence/disturbance
  • The public in the private/the private in the public
  • The domestic in the non-domestic/the non-domestic in the domestic
  • Transitional spaces
  • Navigating space through time

An abstract of 300 words should be submitted to mirc@kingston.ac.uk (subject header:  FLOW 1).  Please include a separate biographical paragraph (maximum 200 words) including your institutional affiliation, position, and the title of your paper. This will appear in the conference programme if your paper is selected. The aim is to publish refereed papers from both conferences in a single publication.  The deadline for abstracts is 3rd January 2011.

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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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