Announcing the idea journal: interior technicity: unplugged and/or switched on


We are very excited to announce that AADR is teaming up with the idea journal, one of the leading international refereed journals dedicated to the publication of spatial design, interior design and interior architecture research. idea journal provides a valuable resource to the discipline and the associated design and theoretical fields; it disseminates peer reviewed spatial design, interior design and interior architecture research and includes research about design, for design as well as through design since 1999. The idea journal invites a range of contributions on and representations of design research. IDEA, the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association produces the journal for the advancement and advocacy of education and research within Australasia.

idea journal’s current Chief Editor is Dr. Julieanna Preston. The journal’s forth-coming issue is entitled Interior Technicity: Unplugged and/or switched on and will be available as e-journal in September 2020.

Interior Technicity: Unplugged and/ or Switched On invites reflection on how interiors have always been augmenting entities and how they continue to be so—in other words, extending, facilitating and consolidating bodies within socio-cultural environments. Rather than seeing an interior as an ‘inside’ in opposition to a world beyond, it asks what modes of ‘folding inward’ have equipped and enabled the spatial environment? Technicity—the world of tools and technical objects that extend and mediate memory, as Bernard Steigler (1998) describes it—has never been what inside-ness, in its sheltering of life, keeps at bay; mediation is from the start technical, indexed to inscribing practices rich in temporal and embodied implications. By this reading, interiors have always been augmented and augmenting (in the sense of the Latin“augmentare”: to increase, enlarge, or enrich).

This IDEA Journal issue considers this mode of ‘folding inward’ as a condition of an interior’sspecificity. Whether it be a small structure such as a tramping hut or a tiny house, a large complex interior environment such as an airport or shopping mall, handmade with local materials such as Samoan fale, or the result of manufacturing processes assembling artificial and prefabricated elements as in the case of a spacecraft, boat or train, interiors are augmented, mediated, generated or embellished by technologies. The effect of these technologies is not neutral; one’s experience of an interior is significantly influenced by the affective resonance of its technologies.


Publishing Date: Autumn 2020

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