Geneva, November 2022

Instead of situating interior architecture as an all-encompassing field that designs the domestic cohabitation of animals and humans, this workshop uses this discipline to critically examine the validity of this historical phenomenon from a material and spatial perspective. Moving away from the notion of a “pet” – questioned by new theoretical approaches to the relationship between humans and non-humans – the workshop aims to identify the traditional role that interior design plays in animal domestication within home interiors. Its ultimate goal is to envision non-hierarchical relations that diverge from the imposition of human-centric materials and spatial domestic standards onto other species.

Students collectively work as a research unit on a graphic publication to be presented at the end of the workshop. After reading several key texts from fields such as the history of science, biology, and philosophy, they map out current discussions regarding the presence of animals in domestic spaces through clippings from general printed and online media written in the languages each student speaks. This includes new legal frameworks, political polemics, the transformation of the home, the design of new architectural artifacts, etc. As a means of making the workshop’s discussions public, students’ ongoing research is presented through MAIA’s online platforms.


Workshop Leader: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas


Balakrishnan Navya, Bolch Sawako, Canton Emma, Coman Larisa, Eischen Cloé, Fomina Mariia, Kasmein Leila, Law Frida, Lee Jaemo, Pettenati Giada, Röder David, Tapia Buchelli Sofia, Tourette Célia, Zepeda Aranda Ana Karina

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