INTERIOR ECOLOGIES: a research on non-human environments. The lecture series by the HEAD-Geneva are online

Publiziert 01. Februar 2023

INTERIOR ECOLOGIES: a research on non-human environments. The lecture series by the HEAD-Geneva are online

The conferences bring together a series of transversal personalities who address the subject of non-human architecture. From simple greenhouses to botanic facilities, data centres and automated interiors, never before in history has architecture produced so many interiors for the non-human, challenging disciplinary notions on tectonics, light and comfort, and entire regulatory frameworks. Once designed for and with the human, contemporary interiors have instead become exponentially complex materialisations where the politics of our present moment are played out. Ultimately, who are they for?

Titled Interior ecologies, this lecture series examine the glossaries that characterise contemporary ecology and their implications for interior architecture. From the postmodern concept of sustainability in the 1980s to that of the Anthropocene in the 2000s, and from the contemporary paradigms of the Post-human to the Capitalocene and the Chtulucene in the 2010s, a series of lectures and round tables explore the entanglements between interior spaces, environments and media through successive decentralisations: from the old totalitarianisms that humans have built amongst themselves for centuries (inclusivity) to their position in relation to non-humans (ecology), and finally their relation to machines and their outputs, both real and virtual (technology).

Interior Ecologies calls for a vision where the non-human will be central, empowering the agency of traditionally obliterated actors. This involves not only solutions to environmental challenges, but above all the study of the ecosystemic relations between non-living and living organisms (including humans) as crucial for the discipline of interior architecture. On video:

  • Javier Fernandez Contreras, Roberto Zancan, HEAD – Genève Interior Ecologies - a research project
  • Timothy James LeCain, Montana State University, USA From Interiors to Interiority: How do the Non-Human Things and Organisms We Live With Help to Make Us Human?
  • Marie Godfrain, M Le Monde, Paris Shifting the focus: how designers are shifting their approach to design
  • Elisabetta Rattalino, University of Bozen-Bolzano Radical vegetable gardens: a constellation
  • MAIA students’ presentation (first year students) Experimenting with postnatural and more-than-human perspectives
  • Philippe Rahm, Roberto Zancan, HEAD – Genève Round table discussion
  • Gabriel Alonso, Institute for Postnatural Studies, Madrid The skins of the sensuous
  • Isabelle Daëron, Studio Idaë, Paris Rethink the human position in the world
  • Barbara Brondi, BRH Architects, Torino The homeostasis of a non-dual threshold
  • MAIA students’ presentation (second year students) Diverse dimensions of Interior ecologies
  • Valentina De Luigi, Vera Sacchetti, MAIA second year students, HEAD – Genève Round table discussion

A conference organized by HEAD – Genève. Master Interior Architecture (MAIA). Interior Architecture Department

  • Scientific Comitee: Javier F. Contreras, Philippe Rahm, Vera Sacchetti
  • Scientific Deputy: Roberto Zancan
  • Space Design of the conference: Robin Delerce
  • Organization: Javier Fernandez Contreras, Valentina De Luigi, Robin Delerce, Lucie Landenbergue, Phi Nguyen, Cécile-Diama Samb, Vera Sacchetti

With the financial support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS)

Link to the videos: HEAD-Genève