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HEAD-Genève Open Doors 2023

Join us to discover the Master in Interior Architecture (MAIA) at HEAD – Geneva during the Open Doors 2023.

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Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA): online information session

Join us to discover MAIA at HEAD – Geneva.
Javier Fernández Contreras, Head of the Department of Interior Architecture, will explain the program, its curriculum, teaching team and professional opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to exchange with students and graduates to learn more about student life at HEAD – Geneva and their path after graduation.

The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA) is a two-year professional programme that views interior architecture at the intersection of space, ecology and contemporary society. Space design is seen as multidimensional, articulating the diversity of interior spaces, objects and media that configure reality on many paths and scales, from material to virtual, and from local to global.

The programme focuses on mastering the professional aspects of the project and studying the public, private and commercial spheres of contemporary interiors, with a focus on the contemporary paradigms of ecology, digital innovation and inclusiveness. The MAIA programme addresses both the responses to contemporary environmental and societal challenges (circular economy, carbon footprint, etc.) and the implications of new ecological paradigms (post-human, non-human, etc.) for interior architecture as a discipline in all its professional dimensions: space design, product design, new media, research, curatorial and editorial practices.

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The Architecture of the Page

Recent Publications by the Interior Architecture Department at HEAD Genève

Salon P.A.G.E.S.

The Cube, HEAD – Genève

Javier Fernández Contreras, Youri Kravtchenko, Cécile-Diama Samb

Interior Architecture today operates at the intersection between physical and mediated spaces, such as those of mass communications, digital platforms or editorial practices. Considering any form of representation as potentially architectural, from graphic design to photography, publishing to cinema, the Department of Interior Architecture at HEAD – Genève will present a series of recent books exploring interior spaces as platforms of ‘expanded media’, examining their belonging to different places and temporalities, whether physical or virtual, close or distant, ultimately reasserting the role of interior architecture in the construction of contemporaneity.

Featured publications:

Manifesto of Interiors: Thinking in the Expanded Media (Geneva: HEAD – Publishing, 2021)

Scènes de Nuit. Night & Architecture (Madrid: Asimétricas, 2021)

Renewing the City from Within (Paris: Caryatide, 2022)

Intimacy Exposed: Toilet, Bathroom, Restroom (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2022)

Entering the Room (Amsterdam: Archis-Volume, 2022)

* With the special contribution of publications developed by the Interior Architecture students in collaboration with the Graphic Design students at HEAD – Genève.


Against the Smooth City

In this lecture, Amsterdam-based critic, curator and organizer René Boer will present his current research project on the ‘smooth city’. Over the last few decades, cities across the globe are increasingly becoming smooth, scripted urban landscapes, apparently freed from any kind of imperfection, abnormality or friction. The demand for safe, clean and well-functioning urban environments is understandable, but what does the consolidation of the ‘smooth city’ mean for the conflictive, non-normative and subversive side of the twenty-first-century polis?
René Boer (1986, he/him) works as a critic, curator and organizer in and beyond the fields of architecture, art, design and heritage. He is based between Amsterdam and Cairo and is a driving force behind the Failed Architecture platform. In recent years he developed a wide array of exhibitions, public programmes and research projects, often with a focus on spatial justice, urban imaginations and queer tactics. His current projects include Contemporary Commoning, an experimental exploration of the relation between art and (urban) commons; Terraforming Indonesia, a programme investigating and reimagining large-scale land reclamations in collaboration with the ruangruapa collective; and Smooth City, a forthcoming publication on the obsession with perfection in cities worldwide.

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Rewilding Pedagogy at Sakiya – Art | Science | Agriculture

Rewilding Pedagogy – Sakiya’s approach to knowledge generation, transmission, and sharing – is a recursive system of circular production which takes the act of ‘re-wilding’ as its point of departure — re-wilding the soil from the ravages of monoculture agriculture, and re-wilding local knowledge cultures from colonization and encroaching neoliberalism.  Sakiya’s ongoing work plugs into a global network of co-imagining and co-creating new networks, systems, processes, and narrative structures while keeping with local indigenous crafts and science to mediate new spatial and social configurations that are essential for new political, socio-economic, environmental and material realities. This kind of cultivation takes hard work, and is a fundamentally creative and collaborative process.

Sakiya is a progressive academy, a field for experimental knowledge production and sharing co-founded by Nida Sinnokrot and Sahar Qawasmi. Located in Ein Qiniya, a village seven kilometers west of Ramallah, Palestine, Sakiya seeks to create a new narrative around our relationship to land, knowledge, and the commons by grafting local agrarian traditions of self-sufficiency with contemporary arts and ecological practices. Within the framework of a cross disciplinary residency program, marginalized cultural actors, such as farmers and crafts/small industry initiatives, assume a prominent role alongside artists and scholars, challenging the demographic divide that characterizes cultural production and consumption. Through self-sufficient practices, agriculture connects with contemporary arts and sciences for a more sustainable and resilient future. Sakiya’s vision is “Liberation through a society whose confidence is rooted in traditional and contemporary ecological practices, whose tolerance echoes nature’s diversity, whose generosity springs from collective labor, whose creativity is enriched by the intersections between art, science, and agriculture and whose prosperity is shared beyond boundaries.”

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“Bio-inclusive Design with Mycellium”

Mycelium, the reproductive part of fungi, has been used in design to assist in the fabrication of new bio-circular materials (myco-fabrication) for some years.

The experimental design and material research studio Aléa has expanded on this process by developing a unique method that utilizes mycelium and local waste substrates to grow objects in soil. Growing mycelium in soil, rather than in a sterile myco-fabrication lab, enables shared control with the organism and harnesses the potential of its regenerative capacities.

In this lecture, Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse will provide an insight into their practice and current research project ‘Back to Dirt’ supported by FAIRE Paris and Pavillon d’Arsenal.

They will discuss the ethical considerations of working with living systems and how this inquiry can inform more reciprocal and integrated practices.

Miriam Josi (CH) and Stella Lee Prowse (AU) began exchanging ideas and working together during their studies in product design at Parsons New York. Bonded by their curiosity and tendency to find beauty in unexpected places, their practice explores growth, decay, waste, and material processes. They both completed a Master of Science in Nature Inspired Design at ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris.

Aléa’s work is situated at the intersections of design, biology and agriculture and aims to establish a deeper relationship between the natural and built environment. Their mission is to take a mindful approach to biodesign to avoid a trajectory of exploitation and control and to instead imagine new ways of making that interact, adapt and share control and benefits with the more-than-human.

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Possibilities of using earth in space design for new ecological paradigms
The experimental and pedagogical art project “Tsuchi-no-ie (Maison en terre) “ which construct an architectural space with earth in the campus of Kyoto City University of Arts has given us some hints for post-humanist art and design in the Cthulucene (Donna J. Haraway).
INOUE Akihiko is artist and designer. Since mid-1990s, as an artist and a professor of Kyoto City University of Arts, with interests in fundamental premises of human existence such as water, gravity, ground and roof, Akihiko Inoue has worked over several genres, including drawing, photography, site-specific installation as well as art-projects in the local context. He works and live in Kyoto.
2006-2007, Guest artist of Département arts plastiques, Université Paris 8.
2010, ”Trouble in Paradise / Meditation of Survival” , National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2013, ”Antigravity”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota

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“Time as material”

A building decays and needs care to fight against time and the environment in an attempt to stay preserved or be restored to its original state. Architects obsession are often with securing performance, guarantying no changes to the design. On the contrary, the garden around the building grows, adapts. Humidity, sunlight, bacteria, fungi and fauna are kept in a healthy balance and contribute to the development of a garden or a park which benefit consequently from and to a larger eco-system. There is no inside and outside anymore.
Charlotte Truwant is an architect and scientific assistant at ETHZ. She graduated from the Swiss federal institute of technology EPFL in 2006 . In 2013, she joined the faculty of Professor Harry Gugger at EPFL as a research assistant. There she was responsible for the publications “laba lessons” and research on environmental contextualism. In 2019, she joined the chair of Prof. Theriot at ETHZ. The framework of ETHZ allows her to deepen questions of territorial and social transformation by addressing the project scale through questions of economy, durability and performance.
In 2017 she co-founded together with Dries Rodet the architecture practice Truwant + Rodet + . The background of the two funding partners shaped by various international experiences in Switzerland, Belgium, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Brussel, and a residency in Japan re-enforced their curiosity and interest for broader fields of investigation such as scenography, landscape urbanism, exhibition, installation, furniture design, research and education. In 2017, they were awarded the Swiss Art Award for their project ‘A Pavilion’. Since 2018 they are developing the project ‘Fountain of Youth’ together with Fabian Marti for the Campus Santé in Lausanne. In 2019 they were part of the cross disciplinary research and design team to develop new tools and methodologies for the Dhaka Art Summit, an environmental approach towards exhibiting. In 2020 The office won the competition for the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris.

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“Joy and Loneliness in the Evolving City”

Madeleine Kessler is an architect and urbanist dedicated to designing joyful people-centred places that contribute positively to our planet. She is co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Architecture Biennale, with the exhibition The Garden of Privatised Delights.

Madeleine brings over a decade of practice experience, having previously worked on cultural, civic and masterplanning projects at Haworth Tompkins, Studio Weave, and HHF Architekten, and as an Associate at Haptic Architects, on projects including Battersea Arts Centre, Kings Cross W3, St James’s Market Pavilion, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Passionate about promoting a creative understanding of the city, Madeleine is a Visiting Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group and Ebbsfleet Design Forum; is a co-founder of Unscene Architecture; and lectures at the London School of Architecture, where she is also a member of the Access & Participation Steering Group. She is regularly invited to speak and critic internationally, including at Harvard GSD, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm and Université du Luxembourg.

Madeleine has won a number of awards, including the Architects’ Journal’s 40 under 40 and the RIBA Rising Star Award.

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Sana Frini is a Tunisian born / Mexican based architect and one of the three founders of locus, an architectural practice that understands space as a resulting place of constant inbetweens where form(s) follow(s) function(s) behavior(s) and belonging(s). Her research is focused on global south architectural practices such as hand-crafted manufactured systems, post-vernacularities, local reintegrations, participatory processes and climate resilience.

Frini holds an MSC in globalization and environment (NOVA, Lisbon) and an MA in Architecture & Southern Urban Studies (UTL, Lisbon). She taught several electives, workshops and studio seminars in American universities, and her work has been exhibited at the Herbert Johnson Museum (2021), the Mexican Acierto de Diseño (2019), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2018) and the Lisbon architecture Triennale (2013). Frini has been Gensler visiting critics (2021) and awarded the Mexican National Art Creators System grant (2020) and the Erasmus Mundus fellowship (2013).

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