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Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: the past, the present and the future

Date posted: 27/07/2011

IE international conference 2012
An International Conference on the re-use and re-design of buildings in contemporary settings
Ravensbourne, 6 Penrose Way, London
29 - 30 March 2012   

The history of design has traditionally been a story of new ideas, new theories and, above all, new construction. However, today, the developed world is on the cusp of a new era. The financial crisis, the sustainability movement and the conservation agenda are all leading to ever more alterations of existing buildings and ever fewer new build projects. This new condition will have major consequences for all those involved in the design of the built environment both now and in the future.

The objective of the conference is to examine the practice of interior design and architectural re-use in the context of this new condition. It will look at historical tendencies, current conditions and future possibilities.

The conference will be diverse and inclusive in outlook. It will encourage debate on professionalism, the creative process, representation, innovation and the importance of precedent. It welcomes case studies, research projects, theoretical texts, technological insights and thoughts on education and practice.

The theme of PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE offers participants the chance to look at any aspect of the theme from the vantage point of time.

Delegates are expected to deliver a 20 minute presentation and submit a 3000 word paper. Selected texts will be published in an accompanying book.

Key note speakers:  David Dunster and Paul Finch

The conference aims to be diverse and inclusive. Proposals are welcome from all disciplines. The common thread is a focus on the renovation of buildings and interiors seen in the context of the past, the present or the future.

Abstract submission (300 words):
Deadline: 1 November 2011 

Full Paper submission (3000 words):
Deadline: 12 December 2011   

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