Symposium on Architecture: Interior Matters

Architecture’s interior matters in new ways today. The question of the interior challenges architecture’s assumed boundaries such as the conventional dichotomies of the inside and outside of our buildings and discipline. The modernist platitude of inside/outside constrains a building’s thermodynamic, spatial, material, ecological, and formal effects. It also raises many topics that the discipline has yet to fully address topics—from physiology to the metabolism of urbanization to the interior of its representational tools. Likewise, the interior of matter stands to further challenge our assumptions about what literally constitutes architecture today. Whether one considers the ponderous thermodynamics of heat transfer in seeming inert matter or the mass flow of matter in contemporary urbanization (or the absurdity of thinking one without the other!), architects have yet to incorporate the vitality of matter and thus, even now, deny its causality in the appearance of architecture. This symposium explores a radically evolved epistemology through which to think interior and matter simultaneously, and to exercise their propensities in novels ways today. Organized by Kiel Moe, Associate Professor of Architecture and Energy.

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