Humanity has never changed as much as it has in the last 20 years, in social interactions, economical systems, our living environment in cities and neighbourhoods or in the on-going globalisation. We educate our students not only to creatively respond to a world of constant changes, but particularly to help shape possible future events into advantages for humanity through design by introducing interior architecture as a situated practice. We help them develop a strong understanding of appropriate research methodologies in art and design practice-led research, specifically relating to approaches as critical thinking, performance, grounded theory, creative writing and curatorship. Thus re-thinking what society needs now to face the challenges of the future.
Improvising Space Inspired by Jazz Improvisation
Music is information, the wave of sound. Meanwhile, space spread its information from eyes to human’s whole body and include the potential to convey various information. This research aims to find methods to spatialize music elements, and through that, apply the characteristics of Jazz improvisation into a scenario of small housing. Thus, could provide a different way of thinking towards the urgent global issue of the housing shortage. To find the new form of interior which could absorb the experience of life, contain the past, and hold the potential of the future.
Paloma Franco Hempenius
Restricted Space: redesigning the interior of public buses
From my personal experience of riding overcrowded buses for approximately 3 hours every day in my hometown Bogotá, Colombia, I was motivated to learn what was possible, as a designer, to change in the interior of the buses to make the commuters experience a more pleasant one. Within the enclosed space of the bus, I studied the restricted space and what it implied as a spatial matter and the relationship with the human body. Through this, I was able to understand which elements within the space were important in order to alter the feeling of the restricted space. The design concept considers not only how the restricted space is modified through physical elements but also in which way the space can shape the positioning of passengers within the bus creating invisible boundaries between passengers.
New meaning and life to patterns
As a child born in South Africa to two European parents I always wondered where I belonged. Raised in South Africa I continuously surrounded myself by other fellow European’s, often not embracing and fully understanding my identity as a South African. As I longed for the search to understand what it meant to be a South African - I found myself wanting to grow my knowledge and share it’s beauty with people so unfamiliar to it. Through conducting my masters research over the past two years centred around identity and the culture of South Africa as well as my love for commercial brand design. These aspects allowed me to learn, love and embrace the place I can finally say “I belong to”.
I delved into the beauty, intricacy, curiously, adventure and colourful world of my culture. By conducting artistic research of pattern making and ways in which we able to create new spacial potentials through two dimensional patterns by using Starbucks as a case study - making linkage and relevance towards my theoretical paper. I was largely inspired by the pattern making experimentation process of Mondo Mendini and the Memphis group, however throughout the process I was later inspired by more current approaches to patterns in the works of the New London Fabulous Group.
During the mysterious times of the Coronavirus, it allowed me as a interior designer to think of new ways of researching by making - through which I was able to transform my designs by a non-traditional, however in my sense new way of research by making, through digital and photographic contents giving new meaning and life to patterns and their presentation.
A welcoming space
Paper is a very common everyday material. Whether we use it as toilet-paper, a receipt or something as precious as a Master’s degree, so fascinating! With this process I try to give paper as much value and attention as possible. What are the possibilities to limit yourself as an architect to just use paper and nothing else? During the process I analyzed the force and qualities of paper. Using this specific -one- material pushed the boundaries of an artistic research with a lot of restrictions and endless try-outs to awaken curiosity to enter a space. Is it really possible to build a nice, welcoming space made out of paperwhich invites you to walk in? With my end model and film, I try to give answers and reasons why this one-material rule made me grow as an interior architect. My project attempts to question the power of an everyday material, fragility and the way we try to fit in the nature with our buildings. Letting go of the desire to build permanent and learn from limitless beauty of a model that is a temporary welcoming space.
Time perception at the platform
The concept of time is related to other concepts such as experience, movement, human actions, consciousness and also the surrounding space. Therefore, an attempt is made to integrate the element of time into designers and architects understanding of analysing the social processes involved in creating space and place. How does a person define the passing of time in a public area? Is it possible to let time appear to pass faster through spatial design? In certain physical environments, you experience "time" that passes slowly. This research concerns the environment of a train station, the platform to be more specific.
Going out of binary: With gender expression
One is all.
The human race has multiplied from one transparent ball.
You were a single beam of light, which hit the prism and saw the spectrum.
You saw a variety of colors.
When did you forget this diversity?
Times have changed.
The values that we used to have, are considered to no longer exist.
Authority did spirit away the freedom of choice, discretely.
A generation of people, whose control is possible, was built.
When they divide the human into two, they call you 'Woman and Man'.
Build with Memory
Application of traditional construction method in post-disaster shelter. In the 2018 Hualien Earthquake, sturdy buildings we believed in crumbled down. This shocking fact became my motivation to research tranditional Taiwanese indigenous architecture. In the process of research, I found that they used simple and easy-to-learn construction methods to create sturdy buildings. Due to limited technology, none of these indigenous buildings used adhesives. As a result, on the one hand, flexible intersection without adhesives creates resilience for the house. On the other, it also becomes a sustainable building method. Building materials are undamaged by nail and glue, thus they could stay intact and be reused when buildings are demolished.
In the further process, I want to apply this method to post-disaster reconstruction. In a post-disaster state where everything is destroyed and disorderly, how can we continue the lifespan of the material? And what value could we create in this scenario? I intend to construct a temporary shelter by a traditional building method and the remains of our home. The process of reconstruct a shelter, it is also a reconstruct treatment for our memory. Furthermore, the completeness of materials is preserved by this method, thus the wreckages could be used in the permanent housing rather than be transported into landfill.
Color matters: Color Becomes Space
Color Becomes Space is a design research that came about due to the lack of existing quality of urban public spaces, particularly in transition zones. The lack of quality leads to a reduction in use - but even more importantly decreasing of a user’s mental well-being. Considering the significant influence of color on the architectural environment and to the human’s response to it, my design research is based and driven by the aim of creating additional mental space by using color as the only element in order to promote and support mental well-being.