Javed Shah / The Interpretation of “Interiority” through Research in Design Context of Public Space

The Interpretation of “Interiority” through Research in Design Context of Public Space Exploring the Continuity of Interior into Urban (or Exterior) and Vice Versa

Author: Sarah Javed Shah, PhD Candidate - AUID, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan.

Supervisor: Carles Muro, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Politecnico di Milano, Registered Architect COAC (Catalan Institute of Architects)

Research stage: Initial doctoral stage: 1st year PhD Candidate

Category: Paper

Affiliation: Politecnico di Milano

Abstract

The term “interiority” means inner character or subjectivity and adhere to the vocabulary of confinement, enclosure, privacy, shelter, etc. In the architectural discourse, the notion of interiority has been frequently used to refer to conscious awareness, individuality, subjectivity, along with the inherent characteristic of the interior, besides the description of the nature of certain urban or exterior spaces. As a prospect to retort to various design questions of public space, this paper attempts to interpret interiority where it is formed by many conditions such as psychological, environmental, spatial, formal, programmatic, or a combination of all. With an assumption that interiority is a shared underlying aspect contributing towards the effective public qualities, some key instances of urban public space have been discussed and synthesized to illustrate the potential paradigm of the design practice. For further research, the paradigm will be “reversed”, in the realm of interior public spaces, as complex settings with a continuous flow of space, surfaces, forms, and voids, beyond architectural façade, through a blurred threshold between interior and urban (or exterior).

Keywords: Interiority; Public space; Continuity; Urban; Interior; Research in design context