Paper space & interior fiction : employing speculative design to explore the creative design process and conceptual interiority

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cameron John (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lucinda Havenhand

Abstract: The home of the future now looks a lot like the home of today. Our environment is standardized, mass-produced, and limits new experience. Within practice and academia for interior architecture and design, there seems to be a dismissive attitude to exploring truly new or challenging ideas in favor of the practical and conventional. There is a homogenization of our environments based on market sectors of practice and established ways of living; Buildability has overtaken metrics for success. New ideas - ideas that push the envelope, challenge our conventions, and explore an unrestrained stream of creativity are often dismissed as impractical because they are seen as expensive, unproven, or outright impossible. We have lost our visions of what could be; buried under what already works. The opportunities to move beyond our traditional methods of design has been limited, if not eliminated in the design of interior spaces by a cultural focus on productivity, evidence, marketability, and pre-defined responses. This thesis explores an imperative for experimentation in interior design methods to push past the boundaries created by the profession’s constraints. In particular, it examines the methods of Speculative Design, a practice developed by designers such as Dunne and Raby and many others in the late 20th century. A speculative approach has long been a staple of architectural education and adapted within practice but has been absent in the training and practice of interior designers/architects. The goal of this thesis project and research is to explore this opportunity for interiors by studying, analyzing, and applying the conceptual methodological process of Speculative Design to interior space and products and within the theoretical concept of interiority. The goal of this work is to expand accepted conventions within the design process for interiors and to expand the applicable frameworks for visual communication, theory, and philosophy to engender broader expression and innovation in this field.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2021
Design Fiction, Interiority, Interiors, Process, Speculative Design
Design $x Philosophy
Design $x Forecasting

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