Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Interior Architecture: Research + Design

Location: Het Nieuwe Institute

Opening Hours: Opening Night, Thursday June 29, 6.30-9.30 June 30 – July 2, 11.00-5.00

Designers: Sofia Angelopoulou, Alejandra Calderón, Maria Duarte, Merle Flügge, Nancy Katri, Samira Müller, Agnese Pellino, Sanne van der Ploeg, Bhoomchaya Prakongpetch, Nao Sakamoto, Matteo Sandigliano, Jadranka Sic Gamarra, Katarzyna Skorupska, Michaela Vilucchi

“You are asked to remember that we are in a moment after Architecture (…), and to work accordingly.” Thus MOS Architects challenge the current with their manual  “Office Policy.” For the fourteen graduation projects on display at the fifth floor of Het Nieuwe Institute, we ask you to remember we are past ‘interior architecture’ and to look accordingly.

During this exhibition, international designers from the Master of Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD], Piet Zwart Institute, present projects that acknowledge “the multiplicity of genres, which we should playfully subvert,” to quote MOS Architects once more. Together, the projects are contributions to sketch new, expanded disciplinary narratives.

Whether serious proposals or intellectual dreamscapes, satirical reversals of roles or poetical explorations of materials and means of production, these projects all share the inclination to subvert. They question standard perceptions of design, architecture, social and cultural contexts; a line is more than a border.

This exhibition is a gathering of multidisciplinary design research projects that engage with contemporary positions on ‘the interior’ and the production of space. Here design as research is viewed as circulating along numerous pathways and scales, from the local to the global, from objects to observers, from attitude to architecture – carving a multifarious space to consider other forms of practice.

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Location: Het Nieuwe Institute Opening Hours: Opening Night, Thursday June 29, 6.30-9.30 June 30 – July 2, 11.00-5.00 Designers: Sofia... Lees verder

PIET ZWART INSTITUTE MASTER OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: RESEARCH + DESIGN [MIARD] ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMY ROTTERDAM UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 JUNE 2017 START DATE: December 1, 2017

The Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD] is inviting applicants for a newly established position as a postgraduate teacher of design with a strong focus on contemporary spatial and artistic practice with a multidisciplinary approach. An interest in materials, objects and craft is a plus.

We offer an international, professional and critical educational environment. The job involves a high degree of responsibility, contributory influence and the opportunity to make your mark working with talented students and staff on the production of space and design research.  We value good collegial collaboration with scope for mutual inspiration and professional conversation.  The post holder reports directly to the Course Director, and she or he would work collaboratively with other tutors within our integrated curriculum structure.

Our international program offers students a unique Master level multidisciplinary design-research education with a critical and experimental focus on the complex and developing field of Interior Architecture. For more information on the program visit: pzwart.nl/interior-architecture-research-design

Responsibilities Include 

Development of a multidisciplinary postgraduate design-research project. Design studio leadership. The teacher meets with students one-day a week from January to June (7 months) Organize relevant guest lecturers, critics, public talks, collaborations and/or excursions that are course related Productive, collegial teamwork, active participation in program activities Course administration, program staff meetings and coordination with staff Co-supervise yearly activities related to publication and exhibition Supervision, assessments, archiving course and student work Contribution to the growing reputation and profile of the program

Qualification Requirements  

Experience teaching at a postgraduate level Curriculum Vitae A portfolio of professional practice and a teaching portfolio (with samples of course and student work) A brief letter of motivation: teaching methods and pedagogical position Diploma at a postgraduate level Excellent English language proficiency is required Ability to handle research projects and other managerial functions Contact information of two professional references Letters of recommendations are a plus Work permit to be employed in the Netherlands

Piet Zwart Institute

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specializations and interdisciplinary exchange in an intimate learning environment. For more information on the Piet Zwart Insitute: http://www.pzwart.nl

Salary and employment conditions  

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam) offers a temporary contract of FTE 0.2, with the possibility for extension. The salary range is HBO-CAO grade 12 (€ 4,122.09 minimum and € 5,301.29 maximum gross per month) for fulltime employment, exclusive of 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Our fringe benefits include excellent training facilities, an attractive pension scheme, and allowance for a proper work/life balance. It is possible to negotiate offsetting travel costs for the appropriate candidate.

 Applications

Please send your Qualification Requirements: motivated letter, curriculum vitae, professional and teaching portfolios, references, educational diplomas, letters of recommendation and Dutch/EU work status, documentation for compliance with the qualification requirements listed above before 15 JUNE 2017 to wdka-personeelszaken@hr.nl. All documents must be in English.

A review committee will look at applications and invite short-listed candidates for interviews in July 2017. Position begins December 2017. – For questions please contact: Susana Pedrosa t: +31 (0)10 794 47 16 Or Petra van der Kooij t: +31 (0)10 794 74 05

Image credit: Agnese Pellino, Berlin excursion, TOMÁS SARACENO STUDIO VISIT

PIET ZWART INSTITUTE MASTER OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: RESEARCH + DESIGN [MIARD] ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMY ROTTERDAM... Lees verder

Rotterdam, 13 April 2017

“There is no such thing as a simple room,” wrote the architect and theorist Mark Wigley in the ambitious 2011 anthology Toward a New Interior. It’s a statement and a publication that mark the increased critical interest which, in the past few years, has been directed at interior spaces and their attendant design strategies. A graduate course taking part in this re-evaluation of the interior is the Piet Zwart Institute’s two-year Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) programme in Rotterdam. On the occasion of the re-titling of the course – the “R” and “D” previously stood for “Retail Design” – Disegno speaks to MIARD’s course director, Alex Suárez, about the new remit, ethos and ambition of the course.

“The programme has a funny history,” says Suárez. In the five years MIARD has been in operation, he explains, “retail design became a very small component of a much larger interior architecture agenda. Little by little, we’ve realised that the name didn’t fully represent or reflect the type of students we had, the type of projects they were doing, or the expertise of the staff.” In keeping with the resurgence of critical discourse emerging in the field of interior spatial practice, the course responded by changing its name in January 2017, and by tweaking its curricular structure. “It’s been an organic, bottom-up change,” says Suárez. “It came about through conversations with staff and alumni, and an acknowledgement of the type of students we’ve attracted. What we do at MIARD is really more of a multi-disciplinary design research practice.”

The bulk of the curriculum will remain as it has been since the course’s foundation in 2011, with subtle revisions that reflect a more open-ended and cross-disciplinary approach. Three curriculum threads comprise the syllabus of the two-year programme. The first is Design Projects, the practice-based core of the course in which the students, numbering 14 to 15 per year, work on design projects in their own studio spaces provided by the Piet Zwart Institute. They are also free to make use of eight workstations – focused on interaction, audio, publication, material, fabric, drawing, business, and research – with the support of specialised technicians. “The different stations and the technical help in the workshops are really incredible,” says Suárez. “When you start at MIARD, one of the first things that happens is an introduction to the stations – we want the students to make the most of these internal resources.”

The second strand is Critical Strategies. “We think it’s very important for our students to consider the critical position of their work in a larger historical and theoretical context,” says Suárez. “In the context of interior architecture and interiors, there are very few masters programmes that really have as part of their agenda trying to contribute to the discourse.” By this token, MIARD has changed its third curricular strand, formerly Visual Communications, to Multiple Media. “We thought the visual was not fully representative the type of media that our students were working with,” says Suárez. “Multiple Media really expands the conventions available to the interior practitioner.”

The conventions of interior architecture are circumscribed by adjacent and overlapping fields. “Traditionally, interior design has borrowed heavily from architecture: the histories, theories, drawings, and the modes of representation. If you look at interior design curriculums out there,” Suárez says, “a lot of the projects are also grouped by typology: retail design, hospitality and residential.” Such classifications are not present at MIARD. “Those typologies are something we want to challenge by looking at the interior space multidimensionally and also at multiple scales: from the local to the global; from architecture to object and beyond.”

Delivering the programme is a roster of international tutors and lecturers with a broad range of skills and specialisations including architecture, interaction design, graphic design and design criticism. MIARD’s core curriculum is also augmented by national and international guest lecturers, who often visit in conjunction with joint projects. One such project coming up in October 2017 is the traveling exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association – MIARD will be one of three partners to respond to the show when it comes to Antwerp. The ethos informing MIARD’s programming is “making public”. For the five past years, for instance, students have shown projects at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. They have also exhibited on several occasions at Het Nieuwe Instituut, one of MIARD’s closest institutional partners, in addition to yearly graduation shows.

After following the three curricular strands, students will spend the final six to seven months of the programme working on their graduation project with they guidance of their tutors. This project can take many forms, in keeping with the experimental remit of the course. “One of our current students is a filmmaker,” says Suárez. “Her films are highly spatial in that they deal with the cinematic experience of the interior as a way of designing space.” Other students push the limits of what comprises a thesis. “We have a student with an amazing talent for drawing and representation, who is fascinated by Jacques Tati’s critique of modernity and technology. This student has appropriated Tati’s critique for modern times and is making a satirical comic looking at the smart house.” Another current student is producing her thesis in the form of a memoir set in 2071, looking at the significance of artificial intelligence in 2017. “There still so much to contribute to the practice of the interior and to its disciplinary canon,” says Suárez by way of summary.

Upon completion of the course, MIARD alumni have taken accordingly diverse professional routes. “I’ve seen alumni go into more typical roles, like working in top architecture and interior architecture offices,” says Suárez. “But mainly, what I’ve seen is diversity. We’re a very international program, so some go home and set up their own practices there while others stay and do so locally. Others go into research, working for offices here in the Netherlands such as Bureau Europa and Droog. Some go into exhibition design, and a couple continue along the academic route and do PhDs.” Local and international institutional affiliations also help develop the students’ network and other multidisciplinary forms of design practice. “We have an ongoing collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut,” says Suárez. “But the collaboration happens on different scales, with our current students also doing internships there.”

“I hope that our students leave with a very international, diverse experience and a set of advanced skills,” says Suárez. Key to this diversity is not only the fact the the student body represents approximately 20 different countries at any one time, but also the freedom to approach interior space through a multiplicity of media. “I hope the students will also leave with an acknowledgement that they can be a relevant and critical voice in the field and expand the boundaries of the profession.”

The call for applications to MIARD is open until 15 May 2017.

Image: MIARD alumnus Wojciech Gawronski’s graduation project, Objects in this room are closer to nature than they appear, 2016. Image courtesy of MIARD

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Rotterdam, 13 April 2017 “There is no such thing as a simple room,” wrote the architect and theorist Mark Wigley in the ambitious... Lees verder

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

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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