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v. 7: effective productions

Clay Odom + Alan Bruton_editors

It could be said that design in our contemporary age is becoming ever-more preoccupied with the generation of new and novel forms and surfaces alongside expanded engagement with ephemeral experiences and effects. In his seminal work, ‘Atmosphere as The Fundamental Concept of a New Aesthetics’, philosopher Gernot Bohme said that “Atmosphere can only become a concept…accounting for the particular intermediary status of atmospheres between subject and object.” Effective Productions, volume 7 of ii journal, seeks to address this territory through explorations of theory, process, methods, and actualized work. In addition, the volume seeks investigations and projects which define ‘productions’ as both processes and outcomes, and ‘effects’ as both generated and generative conditions.

Focus on subjective, effective issues has often been pejoratively associated–most likely since the publication of Adolf Loos’ ‘Ornament and Crime’ and the advent of The Modern Movement–with words such ‘decorative’, ‘ornamental’, or even ‘superficial’. Today, we see a range of emerging spatial practices directing speculative research and design-based explorations toward productions of atmosphere and other subjective effects such as wonder and ‘delight’.  One translation of Vitruvian ‘venustas’- engages rigorous engagements with history, theory, processes, methods, material and formal explorations.   The work included in volume 7 will explore contemporary potentials found in space between the objective and subjective focused primarily on entangling material-form-surface-space and experience.

ii journal seeks creative practices and scholarship of historical, theoretical, realized, and/or speculative works which exhibits capacities to move fluidly between theories, processes, and outcomes.  More specifically, Effective Productions seeks to highlight both disciplinary investigations and emerging trans-disciplinary practices by identifying innovative approaches to design scholarship, speculation, pedagogy, and practice. The journal invites interdisciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to architecture, interior architecture, interior design, spatial design, adaptive reuse, landscape architecture, urban design, industrial design, fashion, media studies, the humanities, and the performing arts.

journal to be published Spring 2018


v. 6: parallel territories

Ziad Qureshi, Clay Odom, Gregory Marinic_editors

The rehabilitation of underutilized spaces is a shared theme for interiors, landscapes, infrastructures, and urban sites.  As densification and socio-economic considerations become increasingly important, engagement and reactivation of existing spaces has become a collaborative territory for designers. As a place of shared inheritance between interior and exterior, reuse implicates notions of boundary, edge, threshold, and membrane as spatial and material potentials to be explored and redefined.  In the spirit of Ian McHarg, such opportunities embrace the simultaneous revitalization of interior and exterior with regard to broader environmental complexities, augmented abilities, and emergent needs.   More recently, designers Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal offer a glimpse into the relevance and necessity of this mode of engagement, stating: “Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!”

With the challenge of both the generative and regenerative opportunities, interdisciplinary design methodologies have become not only desirable aspirations but essential strategies.  Dual engagement of the interior and the exterior acknowledges the multi-scalar potential of inherited buildings, landscapes, and sites.  In recent years, alternative practices in adaptive reuse, brownfield remediation, post-industrial revitalization, and infrastructural opportunism have transcended conventional disciplinary boundaries.  Interiors and landscapes are increasingly empowered to participate as shared stakeholders in the broader redevelopment and reuse of spaces within an established urban context.

The sixth volume of ii journal, Parallel Territories, seeks historical, theoretical, speculative, and built work embracing the shared connections among interiors, landscapes, and urbanism in the reconsideration and reuse of inherited space.  The journal requests work that identifies these parallel territories as collaborative practices of inherited space.  This issue offers insight into emerging trans-territorial practices by identifying hybridized opportunities blending interiors, landscapes, and urbanism through innovative design scholarship, speculation, pedagogy, and practice. ii invites trans-disciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to architecture, interior architecture, interior design, spatial design, adaptive reuse, landscape architecture, urban design, industrial design, fashion, media studies, social sciences, and the performing arts.

journal to be published Winter 2018


v. 5: adaptive interventions

Gregory Marinic + Ziad Qureshi_editors

Current socio-economic trends point less to the inevitability of new construction and increasingly toward the adaptation of existing spaces and obsolete infrastructures. As our most populous urban environments become denser, and subsequent base building opportunities more rare, architects and designers are embracing the inherent value of adaptive reuse and interior interventions. Shifting territories and scales, architects and designers have begun to develop a greater awareness of approaches focused specifically on next-use opportunities which have grown more demanding and complex.

In the near future, interior architecture and spatial design will migrate toward the center of contemporary architectural practice. Operating within the realm of existing conditions, interior adaptations provide an alternative perspective for spatial interventions resulting from the overlap of dynamic processes and multiple temporalities. This contingency enhances the imperative for designers to view their craft through stewardship–fostering connectivity among the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of interior architectural practice. Like a form of urban acupuncture, small and incisive actions facilitate broader resilient strategies potentialized in established buildings and urban forms. To address this new adaptive practice, the field of Interior Architecture must advocate for spatial expertise bridging territories and scales as its primary distinction.

The fifth volume of ii journal, Adaptive Interventions, seeks historical, theoretical, speculative, and built work acknowledging existing spaces and obsolete infrastructures as the territory for contemporary architectural design. Interventions in existing spaces offer a natural home for experimentation in sustainability, social advocacy, materials research, preservation, new technologies, and artistic expression. How have design practice and education adapted to these new opportunities and responded to emerging challenges and needs?

This issue of the International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design speculates upon the hybridized agencies, methodologies, and pedagogies in design education, scholarship, research, and practice focused on innovative, adaptive interventions. ii invites trans-disciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to architecture, interiors, landscape, industrial design, fashion, media studies, social sciences, and the performing arts.

journal to be published Fall 2017



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v. 4: material vocabularies

Gregory Marinic + Ziad Qureshi_editors

Contemporary architects and designers manipulate materials into increasingly complex spatial conditions–engaging their inherent behaviors, performative capacities, cultural identities, and modular constraints as generative opportunities. Central to this emerging dialogue, a tendency to resist formal biases acknowledges the agency of materials in the conceptual design process. Smooth, rough, porous, or impermeable, materials expand the parameters of what we understand as surface in the production of interior architecture, spatial installations, furniture, fashion, and media.

Agency is a notion that cuts across a wide range of territory in the humanities, social sciences, technology, art, and design, however it is invariably considered discretely within disciplines. In particular regard to interiority, agency has been characterized as an inherently humanistic response which incorporates social and contextual responses into theoretical discourse. In recent years, a rising awareness of ecological and material agencies has carved out an interstitial space between the formal and human expectations of spatial design. Expanding our conventional assumptions in regard to materiality, a relational approach focused on sensoriality and performativity, imparts transfomative ramifications for interior architecture, spatial design, and our broader material culture.

Reflecting upon the convergence of social, ecological, and material forces, the fourth issue of ii, Material Vocabularies, seeks provocative work that speculates upon the future of materiality in spatial design. For this issue, we seek a broad range of investigations, leveraging the expanded potential for materials in the conceptualization and production of interiors, spatial design, and light-mobile-architectures.

Material Vocabularies seeks historical, theoretical, speculative, and built work promoting an awareness of materials as primary shapers and makers of space. This issue endeavors to reveal hybridized agencies, methodologies, and pedagogies in design education, scholarship, research, and practice revealing a global paradigm shift in the role of materials in the design process. ii invites trans-disciplinary research and collaborations that include, but are not limited to, architecture, interiors, industrial design, fashion, furniture, film, performance, sociology, cultural studies, and the arts.

printed July 2016


v. 3: applied geometries

Jonathon Anderson + Meg Jackson_editors

Geometry has always informed the process of design, serving as both as an inspiration and generator of space. More recently, the spatial design fields have increasingly engaged applied geometries in the analysis and optimization of the manufacturing and construction processes. As evidenced through the historical avant-garde interior architectures of Gaudi, Saarinen, and Fuller, the performative potential of geometry is nothing new, yet recent investigations have begun to challenge conventional practices by expanding the potential for complexity in design. Contemporary advances in the design process, largely due to digital technologies, continue to challenge the means and methods of architecture through emerging hybrids of advanced geometry.  While technological innovation has transformed the spatial and formal opportunities of designers, the unique context of architecture, as well as its humanist and social agencies, continues to challenge the fantastical potential of alternative geometries. It is within this relationship – at the interstitial space between architecture and geometry — that we position the theme of our next issue of ii.

Applied Geometriesii journal’s third issue, requests papers and projects that explore geometric advancements in relation to interior architecture and spatial design.  For this issue, we are not only interested in the use of complex computational design, advanced tectonics, fractal, differential, parametric, and algorithmic geometric practices, but also in the exploration of natural, biological, historical, cultural, sacred, and anthropometric influences in pattern-making generated through mathematical rigor. The journal seeks work that leverages the role of applied geometries as an active performer in the conceptualization, design, and production of interiors, spatial design, and light-mobile-architectures

Volume 3 of ii journal will gather exemplary projects — historical and contemporary, theoretical and realized — that engage design complexities which evolve the relationship of geometry to interior architecture and spatial design. In addition, this issue seeks to explore new techniques, processes, materials, and technologies which are privileged toward advanced geometries

Applied Geometries will reveal contemporary developments in design education, scholarship, theory, research, and practice relative to the exploration of advanced geometries and their influence on emerging materials, tectonics, space, and technologies. As always, we are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary research and collaborations, including but not limited to, fashion, furniture, industrial design, architecture, performance, film, event design, biology, responsive design, the social sciences, and the arts.

printed September 2014


v. 2: corporeal complexities

Meg Jackson + Jonathon Anderson_editors

The field of spatial design presumes that a designer operates at the scale of the human body.  Whether resulting in the design of furniture, fashion, a residence, event, or urban park, this emergent field of practice privileges the performance of the body and its relationship to space. Spatial design is impacted by scale in relation to the performance of a body, but liberated from the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

Corporeal Complexities, ii journal’s second issue, requests articles and projects that explore the contingent relationships between body and space.  The journal seeks work that examines the relationship of the human form in the design process, as a generator, as an observer, and as an active performer as it relates to interiors, spatial design, and light-mobile-architectures.  Corporeal Complexities will gather exemplary projects that engage design complexities of the human body. This issue will explore new materials and technologies associated with contemporary design practicesThe issue will feature work that proposes unique ideas of space, materiality, and tectonics relative to human scale. This includes but is not limited to work in fashion, furniture, industrial design, architecture, performance, film, event design, the social sciences, and the arts.

printed February 2014, available for purchase online

selected online abstracts


v. 1: autonomous identities

Meg Jackson + Jonathon Anderson_editors

As emergent design specializations, spatial design and interior architecture have repositioned the way that we conceive, perceive, and experience our built environment. Autonomous Identities, ii  journal’s inaugural issue, seeks scholarly design-research, visual compositions, and work that challenges disciplinary specificity.  Spatial environments are informed by not only our perception of space, but also through their social engagement, performance engineering, and graphic integration. New awarenesses have converged to reimagine the design and construction of spatial and temporal interventions, as well as the corporeal and theoretical conditions of architectural environments and performance events.

Interior architecture and spatial design are poised to transform the design disciplines, and thus, Autonomous Identities  is searching to identify tomorrow’s spatial precedents.  Both disciplines offer the potential to claim new territory by operating at the intersection of previously discrete knowledge bases.  Thus, interior-related theory, praxis, and practice have assumed a collective crisis of identity.  In this issue, ii is collecting work which has the potential to blur the traditional boundaries of the design by identifying provocative new spatial territories.  The journal endeavors to gather exemplary projects that reveal interdisciplinary approaches to research and ‘making’ skills as they apply to interiors, light-mobile-architectures, and designed objects.  Autonomous Identities will reveal contemporary developments in design education and practice relative  to the exploration of emerging materials and technologies.  The issue will highlight experimentation, theory, research, speculation, and innovation through its focus on collectively re-thinking ‘space’.

Autonomous Identities will feature cross-disciplinary work that offers an alternative perspective on space, materiality, and tectonics. Work may include, but is not limited to, spatial design, graphic design, architecture, industrial design, engineering, fashion, performance, film, and multi-media, as well as the environmental and social sciences.

printed June 2013, available for purchase online

selected online abstracts