When is a container a world?

Emerging and experienced researchers and practitioners will be exchanging views, knowledge and experiences about the relationship of interior and exterior spaces at a symposium entitled Interstices - Under Construction: Unsettled Containers at The University of Auckland,  October 8-10. And you can join in too.

The symposium will explore today's involuted, fragile and unsettled spaces including the close-up and intimate qualities of architecture. Discussions will also consider the creation of interior space as fundamental to the human condition and the relationship between containment and exposure. It will examine shifting boundaries and holey membranes; control and conditioning; objects, archives and apparatuses of representation; interior worlds, and the traditions, adaptations, revolutions and improvisations deployed by those who live on the outside. 

Contributors to the symposium, which takes its lead from the writings of German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, Unsettled Containers: Aspects of Interiority, have been invited to unsettle the dichotomy of interior and exterior; to redefine and reorient the concept of the interior for the present, and project it towards the future. 

Professor David Leatherbarrow (University of Pennsylvania School of Design) will deliver the keynote address, Disorientation and Disclosure. Leatherbarrow is a prominent author, known for his leadership in debates about the appearance and perception of architecture, and how it is shaped by topography. His publications include Architecture Oriented Otherwise (2009), Topographical Stories: studies in landscape and architecture (2004), and Surface Architecture (2002, in collaboration with Mohsen Mostafavi), which won the Bruno Zevi Prize from the International Congress of Architecture Critics. Leatherbarrow is currently working on a book about the relationships between architecture and the city, arguing for the primacy of topography in both areas of design. 

View Leatherbarrow's profile here. 

Interstices Under Construction 2010: Unsettled Containers is jointly organised by the School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland and the School of Art and Design, AUT University. 

Register HERE.

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