Hidden in Plain Sight

Andrew Milligan, Roderick Adams, Nigel Simkins, Louise Ritchie

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Round Table Provocation – Statement
Dr Rod Adams (As part of the INTERlands abstract submission)

Expansive Practice

This round table takes the position that the door is fundamental all Architecture and Design practice. Not necessarily in its physicality, but in the inclusiveness and diversity it offers. This round table challenges the nature of the door and further expands the idea of practices using the door as an optic which examines and moves through different spatial territory.

This provocation entitled "Expansive Practice" situates the door using three inclusive forms of discussion that expand philosophical, theoretical and practical treatments of space. The three elements are:

City Life (philosophical) – Provocate the City as a series of boundary lines and a place that is enclosed by entry (door, access, opening, gateway, ingress). The city is portrayed as a metaphorical doorway leading inside. Using the door, the city is scaled as a series of gateways providing access to the plazas, squares and urban spaces, reducing to the individualism of a domestic space, concluding with a detailed ‘handshake’ by the door handle (Pallasmaa 2012).

The Human Dualities of Space (Theoretical) - Consider the exterior facing towards the interior. Contemplate the inside looking outwardly and provocate how the practices of design and architecture consider the duality, proximity and synchronization of the human and interior ‘vessels’ in space (Sloterdijk, 2011).

Interior Design Practice (Practical) - The provocation will continue by placing the door amongst (entry, openings, “line of sight” and closure) the other elements of the interior and the architecture, not as a separator, but as a binding agent harnessing the architectural membrane and inside surfaces, opening vistas and movement into, through and over the interior. The door expands the practices of the spatial disciplines, developing seams of experience that cohere and unite space, improving the contextual thresholds of the city (Unwin 2007).

By using differing scales and viewpoints, the place of the door in practice is critically re-evaluated from outside the city through to a distinctly ‘interiorised” perspective that frames the transitions between the liminal, poetic and digital considerations of space and place.

KEYWORDS – Transition / Porous / Hidden / Vessel / Membrane / Multiplicity

Pallasmaa, J. (2013) Eyes of the Skin. Pg. New York: Wiley.
Sloterdijk, P. (2011) Bubbles: Spheres Volume I: Microspherology. Berlin: Semiotexte. Pg.85-90.
Unwin, S (2007) Doorway. London: Routledge. Pg. 77-84.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2019
EventAHRA - Architecture and Collective Life 2019 - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Nov 201923 Nov 2019


ConferenceAHRA - Architecture and Collective Life 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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