Spatial change design
This year INSIDE says farewell to the fifth group of new masters of interior architecture that have been educated at the KABK. A major challenge for interior architects in this era is to explore the potentials of a wide variety of spaces that could or should be embraced by users. Abandoned spaces, infrastructural spaces, neglected spaces and re-framable spaces can reveal potentials when they are studied by the designers that are most specialized in the user perspective of space. In that respect it is crucial for future designers to also develop new skills to reach their goals and to act beyond the drawing of architectural plans and presenting floorplans, sections and renderings. Skills like exploration, trying out on a one-to-one scale and initiating interventions and debates are part of the crucial skills of provoking spatial changes of the next generations of interior architects.
In all spatial situations in change the dynamics of design lie in understanding the context. Only exploring fed by an advanced curiousity enables finding the potentials, the ambitions and most of all the limitations of a context from which designers can shape the future spatial use and identity. After a first year filled with encounters, assignments and confrontations, the students return to their native countries where they define an assignment with which they complete their course at INSIDE by the end of the second year. The graduation projects of the INSIDE students that are presented in this catalogue show a large variety of design challenges and approaches in very diverse countries.
Klodiana Millona researched the strong trend in her home country Albania amongst families to construct their own homes in a step-by-step way.
Through understanding the dynamics behind this situation she discovered unique qualities in the permanent state of unfinishedness this creates. Isadora Davide researched the possibilities to reclaim the street as a communal space focussing on the south Portugese city of Faro. Designing approaches to re-conquer the street on the everywhere present cars. Minjung Kang developed possibilities to re-introduce the qualities of the South-Korean courtyards that have disappeared in post war urban developments. Especially the wide spread use of smartphones open opportunities to re-connect people to space and through that to each other in an attractive and contemporary way. Makiko Morinaga developed a strategy to redesign the ‘castle park’ in the Japanese city of Kumamoto into a place for healing, learning and celebrating disasters, since it was seriously damaged in the earthquake that occurred in April 2016. Mila Tešić explored the history and deplorable current state of the once futuristic system of pedestrian passages under busy roads in the centre of her home town Belgrade. With her design she connects the revitalization of these tunnels to future climate-change adaptation. Finally Arvand Pourabassi researched the situation of precarious workers such as young architects as himself. Try outs on a one-on-one scale enabled him to develop personal strategies to survive in places where that is a challenge.
This year we again have been very fortunate to be able to work with fantastic tutors from offices like Superuse, MVRDV, Raumlaborberlin, and Theory teachers Louise Schouwenberg and Anne Hoogewoning that worked together in guiding the students towards a thorough research that landed in extraordinary spatial change designs.
Hans Venhuizen, Head of the Master Interior Architecture