Architecture's 'other’: an ontological reading of the abject relationship with interior design

Konigk, Raymund and Bakker, Karel Anthonie (2012) Architecture's 'other’: an ontological reading of the abject relationship with interior design. Image & Text (20). pp. 110-126. ISSN 1020-1497

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Abstract

Dialectic relationships exist between architecture and emergent architecturally informed disciplines. Interior design constitutes such a discipline and is considered a critical case study. The main problem is to investigate the ontology of interior design by considering its affilia- tion with architecture. With the use of Julia Kristeva’s construct, the abject, a synopsis of architectural and interior design theory is read to ascertain the dialectic and overlapping relationship. Through heuristic enquiry an ontological analysis of interior design (with refer- ence to essentialist aspects of architecture) is made. The Manichean dialectic is employed to produce qualita- tive descriptions that portray the disciplines as dis- crete ‘others’. Architecture is a normative profession which considers interior design as a part of itself.

Keywords:abjection, architecture, interior design, ontology
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
W Creative Arts and Design > W250 Interior Design
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Design)
ID Code:24041
Deposited On:09 Sep 2016 11:45

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