Qing Liao. Graduation Project 2013/2014 – I am my Surroundings
I am my Surroundings
Due to the increasing nomadic and solitary conditions of contemporary urban life, travelling people often feel the house they are currently living in is always like a stranger who never knows who they are and what they need. Those are the moments when travellers miss their home, the place that understands their very unique body language. There, they are free to behave as they wish.
Based on the above mentioned observations, Qing has chosen the sentence “I am my Surroundings”, which is both an analysis of how people deal with their surroundings, as well an invitation to improve those dealings. Within this theme Qing focuses on the relationship between space and the following three aspects: Identiy, Daily Routine and Bodily Behaviour.
The first-hand investigation of my design was a study about the usage of their personal living space by five international students living in the Netherlands for nearly two years. They are my fellow students at the Master of Interior Architecture at the KABK. How the surroundings of this typical group of urban nomads and their physical existences affect each other, provides reference for the Manual she created which aims to turn urban nomads’ surroundings into their ‘home’, in as many locations as possible.
For my graduation project Qing designed four flexible interior systems for urban nomads. They can choose a system and develop it in such a way that it provides the customized interior that suits them best. Being able to create this highly personal ‘home’ anywhere, the urban nomads can express their identity, daily routine and behaviour in every location they inhabit.
Qing Liao (1990, Beijing)
Before studying at INSIDE, Qing Liao finished her studies Environmental Design at Tsingua University Beijing in 2012.