Between Everywhere, Connecting Everything, and Nowhere


  • Mark Pimlott Delft University of Technology



Connective space, Un-homely, Spatial design


This visual essay concerns connective spaces without status of their own, spaces that are presented as though free of values, transparent, only functional.The spaces of Montre?al’s ‘ville inte?rieure’ of the 1960s are taken to be representative. These are spaces that connect buildings, or other places, and so find themselves repositories for things and activities that cannot be placed within view anywhere else.The spaces are like those associated with infrastructure: truly un-homely spaces, produced by a combination of accident and necessity, they are closest in character to ruins, to nature, and thereby, paradoxically, free, and models for spaces to come.


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Author Biography

Mark Pimlott, Delft University of Technology

Mark Pimlott (Montreal, 1958) is Assistant professor of Architectural Design/ Interiors at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. In addition to teaching graduation design studio and lecturing, he conducts research on the public interior, particularly the very large, extensive, or continuous interior. His doctoral thesis concerns the core of Montréal’s ‘ville intérieure’ (1962- 1967). Mark Pimlott is the author of In passing: Mark Pimlott photographs (2010); Without and within: essays on territory and the interior (2007); and Studiolo (1996). His essays and articles on art and architecture have appeared in journals, magazines and books since 1980. Mark Pimlott is an artist and designer, whose practice incorporates photography, installation, places and interiors. Notable works include World, London (2013); La scala, Aberystwyth (2003); Red House interiors, London (2001) and Guinguette, Birmingham (2000). He studied architecture at McGill University and the Architectural Association, and fine art at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.




How to Cite

Pimlott, Mark. 2013. “Between Everywhere, Connecting Everything, and Nowhere”. Idea Journal 13 (1):68-87.



Visual Essay