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Symposium: 2010
Published: 2011

Interstices 12
Unsettled Containers: Aspects of Interiority

Edited by A.-Chr. Engels-Schwarzpaul and Andrew Douglas

Interstices12 derives from a symposium held at The University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning in honour of Distinguished Visitor David Leatherbarrow in October 2010. Impelling this edition is the sense of an undervaluation – critically, aesthetically, professionally – of interiority. Cursorily put, interiority is routinely the casualty of a quarantining edict that has insistently settled it ‘inside’. The essays, drawings and reviews in “Unsettled Containers: Aspects of Interiority” seek to unsettle this closeting effect and consider interiority beyond the prevailing object-cult in design and architecture and a general neglect of the interior. Against an incessant inside/outside partition (of workplaces and dwellings, public and private domains), they explore inside-outside reversals, public-private conflations, vitalising contact-intimacies and alliances that pitch up against a backdrop of stalely replicated public non-places and often banal, architectonic formalism.


Andrew Douglas and A.-Chr. Engels-Schwarzpaul

Refereed Papers

A.-Chr. Engels-Schwarzpaul
Restless Containers: Thinking interior space – across cultures

Sean Sturm and Stephen Turner
“Built Pedagogy”: The University of Auckland Business School as Crystal Palace

Ross Jenner
Inner Poverty: A setting of Peter Zumthor’s Brother Klaus Field Chapel

Deborah van der Plaat
Cosmopolitan Interiors: Oscar Wilde and the House Beautiful

Stefanie Sobelle
Inscapes: Interiority in architectural fiction

AnnMarie Brennan
Life at the Periphery: The urban politics of Neorealism in post-war Rome

Kate Linzey
Reflective Interiors: The Pepsi Pavilion and the Tower of the Sun

John Di Stefano and Dorita Hannah
Intermission: Interstitial moments in creative and cruel practice

Invited Papers

David Leatherbarrow
Disorientation and Disclosure

Peter Sloterdijk
Architecture As an Art of Immersion (2006) (translated by A.-Chr. Engels-Schwarzpaul)

Non-refereed Papers

John Walsh, with drawings by Malcolm Walker
Just Looking

Rafik Patel
An Opening of Tanwir

Gerrit Confurius
On Modernism’s Secret Anxieties

Lynda Simmons
Interior Darkness / Contained Shadow

Maurizio Sabini
Marco Frascari, Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing (A review)

Carin Wilson
Whare Māori (A review)

Emma Morris
The Archive of Atmosphere: Installation as an interior architectural event

Ross Jenner
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