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Call for Papers: International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design

Call for Papers
International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design
Paper submission deadline: 01 October 2012

ii is the International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design.


In a global, complex, and networked society, interior architecture and its praxis are experiencing unprecedented change. Theoretical investigations, design-research, and alternative explorations blend previously discrete disciplines within an emerging blurred territory. The International Journal of Interior Architecture + Spatial Design investigates this new territory by requesting scholarship, design research, and projects that ask bold questions and propose innovative responses. Founded and stewarded by the Interior Architecture program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and published by the University of Houston, ii seeks to re-frame the debate and shape the contemporary dialogue of interior architecture and spatial design.

ii is a bi-annual peer‐review scholarly journal that acts as a leading source of stewardship and critical thinking within advanced interior environmental research, teaching, design, emerging technologies, and digital fabrication.

ii publishes peer-reviewed essays, visual compositions, and observations that merge research-based rigor with an avant-garde journalistic edge. We define these focus areas broadly, while engaging disciplines including ecology, technology, media, sociology, anthropology, geography, and the arts.

ii solicits the work of educators, practitioners, and doctoral candidates in all disciplines that investigate interior built environments. We seek provocative and original writing that critically examines contemporary practices in interior architecture, spatial design, furniture design, designed objects, and digital fabrication, as well as narratives that explore the history, theory, and development of interior-related disciplines.

ii seeks to balance blue sky optimism with the complexities of daily life, revealing the impact of people, place, production, and advanced technology on interior architecture and spatial design. We seek smooth and provocative writing that is equally accessible to both a sophisticated public audience and our professional and academic peers.

ii combines the scholarly depth of a book with the flexibility, frequency, and visual quality of a journal. Each issue investigates a focused aspect of interior architectural theory, history, design, and production.

General inquiries may be sent to:

autonomous identities

fall 2012 issue I _ call for submissions

As emergent design specializations, spatial design and interior architecture have repositioned the way that we conceive, perceive, and experience our built environment. Autonomous Identities, ii journal’s inaugural issue, seeks scholarly design-research, visual compositions, and work that challenges disciplinary specificity. Spatial environments are informed by not only our perception of space, but also through their social engagement, performance engineering, and graphic integration. New awarenesses have converged to re-imagine the design and construction of spatial and temporal interventions, as well as the corporeal and theoretical conditions of architectural environments and performance events.

Interior architecture and spatial design are poised to transform the design disciplines, and thus, Autonomous Identities is searching to identify tomorrow’s spatial precedents. Both disciplines offer the potential to claim new territory by operating at the intersection of previously discrete knowledge bases. Thus, interior-related theory, praxis, and practice have assumed a collective crisis of identity. In this issue, ii is collecting work which has the potential to blur the traditional boundaries of the design by identifying provocative new spatial territories. The journal endeavors to gather exemplary projects that reveal interdisciplinary approaches to research and ‘making’ skills as they apply to interiors, light-mobile-architectures, and designed objects. Autonomous Identities will reveal contemporary developments in design education and practice relative to the exploration of emerging materials and technologies. The issue will highlight experimentation, theory, research, speculation, and innovation through its focus on collectively re-thinking ‘space’.

Autonomous Identities will feature cross-disciplinary work that offers an alternative perspective on space, materiality, and tectonics. Work may include, but is not limited to, spatial design, graphic design, architecture, industrial design, engineering, fashion, performance, film, and multi-media, as well as the environmental and social sciences.

01 October 2012 _ paper submission deadline
15 October 2012 _ paper selections announced
01 November 2012 _ final edits due
01 December 2012 _ typeset confirmed
15 January 2013 _ journal printed

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