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Title: Research in interior architecture: interdisciplinary viewpoints and research approaches
Authors: Petermans, Ann
Vanrie, Jan
Pint, Kris
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Vermaas, Pieter E.; Vial, Stéphane (Ed.). Advancements in the Philosophy of Design, Springer International Publishing, p. 389-414.
Series/Report: Design Research Foundations
Abstract: Until relatively recently, reflecting on interior environments was not regarded as a subject in its own right, but rather as an adjunct to architecture or an extension of decoration. During the last decades however, activities relating to interior architecture have become more visible, and have also become relevant topics for academic research. As the practice of designing interiors requires input from diverse areas of interest, ranging from humanities, social sciences to applied sciences, research in interior architecture and the construction of its body of theory should reflect this interdisciplinary character. However, the epistemological foundations of these various components tend to differ quite strongly and so do various research approaches within the discipline itself. As a consequence hereof, in this chapter we first discuss the ‘identity’ of the discipline of interior architecture whereby an explicit focus on exploring the human perspective is proposed. Phenomenology is discussed as a very valuable approach to the analysis and understanding of interior environments. Next, we elaborate about two contrasting but complementary approaches for doing research in interior architecture: Design for Human Flourishing, and an arts-oriented approach towards the study of interiors. Both approaches differ in various aspects, but share the same core: the centrality of human experiences. By comparing both approaches in terms of the underlying philosophical assumptions and methodological implementations, we illustrate the similarities and differences but also the added value that they can have to the further development of a more unified and proper body of theory for interior architecture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/25638
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73302-9
ISBN: 9783319733012
ISSN: 2366-4622
Category: B2
Type: Book Section
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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