Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Nowadays, interior architects have to deal with a world in continual transformation, made of challenges in real estate, technology, socio-politics, ecology and economics.

Designers are therefore called to broaden their professional horizons in order to face today’s complex problems and anticipate a future role for their discipline. Run by the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Master’s in Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) was conceived precisely to satisfy the demands of this ever-changing world, offering students in-depth post-graduate training focused on the intricate and dynamic sector of interior architecture.

By re-examining the conventions of interior architecture, MIARD aims to overcome the sector’s traditional disciplinary boundaries, with the objective of spawning new prospects for the creation of space. Thanks to its multidimensional nature, the research project is simultaneously active on a number of didactic paths and a variety of scales, from local to global, from objects to architecture. This cross-disciplinary and proactive educational and design structure produces an open and intellectually demanding atmosphere that seeks to cultivate highly innovative designers for the 21st century.

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Date: February 22, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

Point Supreme’s stubborn commitment to reality ends up in the production of accurate and constantly updated lists of things including all sort of elements: islands, chairs, fruits, animals and mountains. These visual lists operate at all scales, making no difference between rooms and cities, trees and forests, stones and mountain ranges. Point Supreme’s lists combine interiors and exteriors, public and private, geography and architecture. Within these lists different scales are combined in order to describe the contemporary metropolitan condition: subjects move in the cities followed by their personal collection of objects and public spaces are the product of the accumulation of these different personal collections. The city described by Point Supreme seems to be made of innumerable components. Public and private spaces have no clear boundaries within these careful lists: the house is a museum and the museum is a house, the table is a public space and islands are tableware (expert from Systematic Surrealism by Pier Paolo Tamburelli in ‘Athens Projects’, Graham Foundation, Chicago 2016)

Point Supreme was founded by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo. Point Supreme regularly publishes self-initiated studies and projects for Athens, the city where they are based. Their research and projects for the contemporary city was exhibited in the Greek Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. That year they were included by popular Greek newspaper LIFO among the 20 most influential personalities in Greece. They are currently nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize and are included in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory for 2015. ‘Athens Projects’, the first book dedicated to their work was published as part of the Treatise Series in 2015 by Graham Foundation in Chicago.

http://www.pointsupreme.com/content/

 

Point Supreme, Totems, Pavillon De L’ Arsenal, Paris, 2017, photo by Yannis Drakoulidis

 

Date: February 22, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free Point Supreme’s stubborn commitment to reality... Lees verder

Date: February 8, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

From the first written records of design analysis until the recent past, the discussion of design has revolved around the relationship of form, function, and interpreted meaning. Meanwhile, material was seen as something neutral that merely awaited the application of a formal idea. This can be observed in the lag between the development of a new material and the discovery of its potential: for example, in architecture, the Greek stone temples echoed elements of wood construction, and cast iron structures originally took the motifs of stone carving. Form had its own development and momentum, often independent from that of material. This legacy carries on in some “iconic” buildings and products; the form is the central reference, the message of the work. This lecture suggests a different narrative in which design begins from the properties and transformations of “raw” material.

Several points will be examined:

How did the philosophical and scientific discoveries of the Enlightenment change the way people looked at and altered material? How can the effects of these scientific discoveries be read in design prototypes and architectural examples of the 20th century? How did post-minimalism or the Fluxus movements in art contribute to this new investigation into material? How are the new heroes of architectural/design philosophy (Deleuze & Guattari/Manuel de Landa/James Gordon) championing the energetic potential of material over the arbitrary superficiality of form in design? How are contemporary designers engaging in this dialogue with material in different ways, crafting an idea in the material/energy (that is, the medium) itself?

Tamar Shafrir is a writer and designer based in Rotterdam. She works as a design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a lecturer on design and critical writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Sandberg Instituut. Her writing has been published in magazines including Domus, Volume, Dirty Furniture, Disegno, and MacGuffin, as well as books including Printing Things, Open Source Architecture, SQM: The Quantified Home, and Symbolic Exchange. In 2013, she co-founded the studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima in Genova. Their projects have been exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Vitra Design Museum, V&A, and Istanbul Design Biennial.

Image: Pol Bury, “Monument dédié à 12 000 billes”, 1971

Date: February 8, 2017. 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free From the first written records of design analysis... Lees verder

Time: Thursday February 2nd, 12.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

Koen Deprez (Kortrijk, 1961 – ) graduated in 1984, from what was then the St. Lukas School of Art and Architecture in Brussels. He subsequently collaborated with OMA (Rotterdam) and Studio Alchimia (Milan) and, enriched by these academic and professional experiences, began developing his passion for landscapes, interiors and urban spaces – a preoccupation of his since the early 1980s. Deprez explores these dislocated and imposing environments via drawings, collages, architecture, isometries and interventions, and even through an educational curriculum. Although Deprez trained as an interior architect, the two most decisive moments in his career took place beyond the walls of the architecture school. One of them was the army.

Important exhibitions: Storefront for Art and Architecture, New-York – Museum voor Sierkunst, Ghent – Musée Horta, Brussels – Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt – Sint-Lukasgalerij, Brussels – Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki – Nietzsche Archive, Weimar – Kunsthal, Rotterdam – Deutsches Architectur-Museum, Frankfurt a/Main – Gammel Dok, Kopenhagen – Fundaçao das Descobertas Lisbon – Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach – Grande Arche, Paris-La Défense – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – SMAK, Gent – Lokaal 01, Breda – Center for Architecture, New-York – ETH, Zurich Scientific assistant at the KU Leuven, faculty of Architecture (Brussels)

www.galeriezwarthuis.be

https://vimeo.com/194884435

Time: Thursday February 2nd, 12.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free Koen Deprez (Kortrijk, 1961 – )... Lees verder

A LECTURE ABOUT MAKING, PERSONAL STORIES, UNKNOWN RELATIONSHIPS, UNEXPECTED EXPERTS, SERIOUS JOY

Time: Wednesday January 18, 18.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

Ernst van der Hoeven is an art historian, landscape artist and publisher. In 2002 he established EVDH, studio for the urban landscape. With his Amsterdam based studio he designs landscapes, curates exhibitions and makes works of art. In 2008 he co-founded the indie zine Club Donny a journal on the personal experience of nature in an urban environment. In 2015 he and Kirsten Algera started the biannual design & crafts magazine MacGuffin, in which they explore the life of things. He is a (guest)lecturer at The Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam and the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

Kirsten Algera is a writer, design historian and publisher based in Amsterdam. In the last ten years she worked as a freelance critic, writer, curator and documentary maker for different platforms, most notably the Dutch Broadcast Company VPRO and the Dutch Council for Culture. Algera initiated various international design projects and is a (guest) lecturer at different design schools like Bilgi University Istanbul, Design Academy Eindhoven and the University of the Arts in Utrecht. Her latest project is a design & crafts magazine that she founded in 2015 with Ernst van der Hoeven: MacGuffin.

MacGuffin Magazine is praised in international reviews as an ‘imaginative, impeccably researched and irresistible’ biannual, the European Design Award winning magazine features extraordinary stories about the life of ordinary things. Each edition takes an object and explores the manifold stories it generates. Like the Macguffins in Hitchcock films, these things are not the main characters, but the objects that set the story in motion.

www.macguffinmagazine.com

A LECTURE ABOUT MAKING, PERSONAL STORIES, UNKNOWN RELATIONSHIPS, UNEXPECTED EXPERTS, SERIOUS JOY Time: Wednesday January 18, 18.00hrs Location:... Lees verder

a lecture by Carolyn Strauss

Time: Thursday December 8, 17.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

This lecture will introduce an expanded field of inquiry and experimentation that is the work of Slow Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research platform based in the Netherlands.  The work presented—traversing the fields of architecture, art, material research, and urban design—offers alternative visions and variant rhythms for reflecting upon and (re-)imagining the spatial, relational, and temporal potentials of a complex, interdependent world. The lecture intend to awaken new understandings, challenge comfort zones, spark curiosity and debate, and incite further investigation of ‘Slow’ approaches to living, now and into the future.

Carolyn Strauss (US/NL) is a researcher, curator, and creative facilitator whose work traverses the fields of architecture, design, contemporary art, emerging technology, and social theory. She is interested in enabling spaces of inquiry and encounter through which an expanded realm of human potential is explored and developed, with a particular focus on creative practice as a catalyst for dialogue and new experiences. As director of Slow Research Lab, Strauss has engaged a network of thinkers and creative practitioners in a myriad of research-based programs, including collaborations with prominent museums, cultural organizations, and academic institutions. She regularly lectures, writes, and curates study experiences that share both the cumulative work of the platform and her own personal Slow understandings. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

Slow Research Lab http://slowlab.net

a lecture by Carolyn Strauss Time: Thursday December 8, 17.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free This lecture will... Lees verder

History and Theory Research Berlin Excursion

Spaces of Labour TRANSDISCIPLINARY STUDIO

This excursion is part of the current theme of this trimester at MIARD titled Spaces of Labor. The trip is compulsory for the theory seminars with Andrea Bagnato and Füsun Türetken.

Based on our reflections on contemporary spaces of creative (studio) work and their settings, i.e. architecture offices, artist studios, think tanks, laboratories and their transformation towards the transdisciplinary studio we will meet with thinkers, artists, researchers and designers based in Berlin.

In his publication Transdisciplinary Studio (Sternberg Press), Alex Coles claims that we have entered a post-post-studio age, and that we find ourselves with a new studio model: the transdisciplinary. Artists and designers, he claims, are no longer defined by the limits of their discipline but by the fluidity with which their practice moves between the genres of architecture, art, and design.

We will visit and talk with contemporary creative thinkers and designers working at this threshold of the transdisciplinary and gain insight in their forms of thinking, experimenting and production. This is the first time that we as theory team and MIARD – first year students and second year students will travel together.

Visiting with Tomas Saraceno, Aristide Antonas, Kuehn Malvezzi and Bauhaus-archiv

Image: Tomás Saraceno, In Orbit, K21, Düsseldorf, 2013

History and Theory Research Berlin Excursion Spaces of Labour TRANSDISCIPLINARY STUDIO This excursion is part of the current theme of this... Lees verder

Time: Tuesday November 15, 13.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

Information machines and the rhetorics of space and page. An exploration of news set design, pope-mobiles through the ages, (architecture) books and how all of these are relevant to exhibition design.

Toon Koehorst is partner of Koehorst in ’t Veld, an editorial design practice that concerns itself with exhibits. Koehorst in ’t Veld produces exhibitions, books, concepts and research for museums, publishers and other institutes. A strong interest in history, place, and the mechanics of display are a driving force behind their work.

http://www.koehorstintveld.nl/

Time: Tuesday November 15, 13.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free Information machines and the rhetorics of... Lees verder

Time: Wednesday September 28 Location: Wijnhaven 6 Admission: Free

Dr. Erik Rietveld is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam (AMC/Department of Philosophy/ILLC/Brain & Cognition) and a Founding Partner of RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances]. RAAAF (www.raaaf.nl) makes site-specific work at the crossroads of art, architecture and philosophy.

Erik Rietveld was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. His philosophical and interdisciplinary research on ‘Unreflective Action’ was awarded by the European Science Foundation (2009), the University of Amsterdam (2009), the Academic Medical Center (AMC in 2011 and 2014), and three times by NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon 2008, VENI 2009).

With his brother Ronald Rietveld he was curator of the Dutch contribution ‘Vacant NL’ to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, author of the books Vacancy Studies and the Dutch Atlas of Vacancy, and founder/director of the architectural design research master ‘Vacant NL’ at the Sandberg Institute/Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Vacant NL was awarded with a Dutch Design Award and the Rotterdam Design Prize. With RAAAF (formerly known as Rietveld Landscape) they have shown work at international exhibitions in Sao Paulo, Oslo, Milan, Mumbai, Moscow, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2013 RAAAF was elected Radical Innovator, presented a new installation at the Istanbul Art Biennale and were elected Dutch Architect of the Year. RAAAF contributed an architectural art installation to the new Chicago Architecture Biennale in 2015, the first in North America. Ronald and Erik Rietveld were recently invited to become members of The Society of Arts of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

http://www.raaaf.nl https://erikrietveld.com

Time: Wednesday September 28 Location: Wijnhaven 6 Admission: Free Dr. Erik Rietveld is a Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam... Lees verder

Time: Friday November 4th, 13.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free

In his work, Schrader plays the role of both a mediator and a designer. He considers communication to be an interactive process that requires participation through questioning. Schrader’s projects frequently challenge the audience to experience the very means of communication by providing insights into the complex methods of information exchange.

Niels Schrader is a concept-driven information designer with a fascination for numbers and data. He is founder of the Amsterdam-based design studio Mind Design and member of the AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale. Schrader graduated in communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and further completed his academic studies in the master programme Design at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. Since 2013 he is together with Roosje Klap head of the Graphic Design department at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

http://minddesign.info/

Time: Friday November 4th, 13.00hrs Location: Wijnhaven 61, Room 4.320, 4th floor Admission: Free In his work, Schrader plays the role of both a... Lees verder