This year the overall theme of our course is PARTICIPATE! All over the world people are striving to participate. To grow beyond just doing their job and to become an active part of the world. People want to participate more in how this world is shaped and how decisions are taken. Through the explosion of social media more people than ever before are in direct contact with each other causing loads of information being spread and tons of opinions shared. Through that hierarchies have become more visible and vulnurable causing some to open up more and others to strive for more control.
But in the end all decision making at all scales starts with the ability to have a good conversation. So thats where this years INSIDE curriculum will start. In our introduction week we will work together with students from Israel and The Netherlands to ‘design conversations’. On a former military site near Arnhem we will discuss design and build how we can facilitate a conversation between (groups of) people that have different background, different behaviour and different culture.
During the first and second semester all our course programme will link with the yeartheme in different ways. In the first studio the students will be invited to participate in shaping their own workspace. The second studio will focus on how to facilitate the participation of people living around and connected to a spatial situation in change. In the second semester we will focus on how to grow from exchanging opinions into the process of decision making and design situations where the character of space and the choreography of taking good decisions ideally come together.
Installations/Conversations made in the introductionweek in Arnhem (September 2016):
YEAR THEME 2015/2016
A major challenge for interior architecture at the moment is not to wait for the space the architect leaves behind to start shaping the world people relate to most directly. At INSIDE we explore the potentials of a wide variety of spaces that could or should be embraced by users. Abandoned spaces, infrastructural spaces, neglected spaces and re-framable spaces can reveal potentials when they are explored by the designers that are most specialized in the user perspective of space. In that respect it is crucial for future designers to also develop new skills to reach their goals and to act beyond the drawing of architectural plans and presenting floorplans, sections and renderings. Skills like exploration, trying out on a one-to-one scale and initiating interventions and debates belong to the crucial skills of provoking spatial changes of the next generations of interior architects.
This year we explored the potentials of a derilict bridge in the harbour of Rotterdam and of a landfill site in the newtown of Almere that is ready to be given back to the inhabitants of the city for recreational use. Furthermore we discovered the possibilities of finding comfort in a carwash and within the spectacular future project of The Windwheel in Rotterdam. In all these spatial situations in change the dynamics of design lie in understanding the context. All explorations aim at finding the potentials, the ambitions and most of all the limitations of a context from that we can shape the future spatial use and identity.
YEAR THEME 2014/2015
The themes we are working on at INSIDE are concentrated on issues that designers, clients, residents and users of space are faced with. In the year 2014-2015 the overall theme is ‘controlled space’ in which we explore the increasing tendencies of our current society to empower and control (semi-) public space. Especially in The Hague as a centre of global administration of justice hosting 160 institutions concerned with international crime, the question how space is controlled, is extremely appropriate.
Although the space in the city seems to be free, gradually public and private actors are injecting controlling mechanisms into public space in the name of security.
What are the mechanisms and spatial implications of observation networks and permanent supervision? Do they affect the behaviour of the citizens? And in which way do they influence the design and experience of our built environment?
At the beginning of the year a workshop was organized in cooperation with the Ramallah Art School and with the STROOM project “See you in The Hague”.
INSIDE students and students of the Ramallah Art School participated in a programme of lectures, discussions, excursions and presentations. With this variety we hope to ensure that all students, with different cultural backgrounds and orientations, have adequate opportunities to show their talents and exchange their experiences.
YEAR THEME 2013/2014
Year Theme 2013/2014: The Shopping Street
For 2013/2014 the overall theme is “The Shopping Street”.
The Western classical shopping streets in the city centres are increasingly showing empty spaces due to internet shopping and large malls located at the city peripheries.
The research will not only focus on the urban interiors from an aestethical or a practical point of view nor as a symptom of economics and politics but it is the ambition of INSIDE to also reveal the mechanisms behind the urban interiors by doing field work and scale comparisons that will enable the students to study the relation between the human scale and the new urban interiors.
YEAR THEME 2012/2013
Year Theme 2012/2013: The Empty Office Building
For 2012/2013 INSIDE’s Year theme was “The Empty Office Building “. The world of estate, and design and heritage has been changing drastically over the last few years. Office buildings are becoming more and more empty, less and less new offices are built, the demands for housing, shopping and retail are becoming different, classical clients, cities, housing corporations and developers are not taking the usual initiatives and funding becomes more and more difficult. The question how to develop the existing buildings in a different way becomes more and more urgent. How to redevelop the city and what will be the role of the interior architect in this challenging process.
During the first semester INSIDE focused on the empty Ministry of Interior Affairs in The Hague; the second semester it was the empty Shell Building in Rotterdam for which INSIDE master students made design proposals during the national Day of Architecture in Rotterdam.