About the Journal

The idea journal is central to IDEA’s objective to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed spatial design,  interior design/interior architecture research where the definition of research includes research about design, research for design as well as through design. To this end the idea journal invites a range of contributions on and representations of design research.

IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association) was formed in 1996 for the advancement and advocacy of education by encouraging and supporting excellence in interior design/interior architecture education and research within Australasia.


The objectives of IDEA are:

  • to advocate for university undergraduate and postgraduate programs that provide a minimum 4 years education in interior design/interior architecture;
  • to support the rich diversity of individual programs within the higher education sector;
  • to create collaboration between programs in the higher education sector;
  • to foster an attitude of lifelong learning;
  • to encourage staff and student exchange between programs;
  • to provide recognition for excellence in the advancement of interior design/interior architecture education;
  • to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed interior design/interior architecture research.


Current Issue

Vol. 17 No. 01 (2020): Interior Technicity: Plugged In and/or Switched On
Cover of volume 17 number 1 of idea journal featuring a video by Linda Matthews

Interior Technicity: Unplugged and/ or Switched On invites reflection on how interiors have always been augmenting entities and how they continue to be so—in other words, extending, facilitating and consolidating bodies within socio-cultural environments. Rather than seeing an interior as an ‘inside’ in opposition to a world beyond, it asks what modes of ‘folding inward’ have equipped and enabled the spatial environment? Technicity—the world of tools and technical objects that extend and mediate memory, as Bernard Steigler (1998) describes it—has never been what inside-ness, in its sheltering of life, keeps at bay; mediation is from the start technical, indexed to inscribing practices rich in temporal and embodied implications. By this reading, interiors have always been augmented and augmenting (in the sense of the Latin“augmentare”: to increase, enlarge, or enrich).

This idea journal issue considers this mode of ‘folding inward’ as a condition of an interior’s specificity. Whether it be a small structure such as a tramping hut or a tiny house, a large complex interior environment such as an airport or shopping mall, handmade with local materials such as Somoan fale, or the result of manufacturing processes assembling artificial and pre-fabricated elements as in the case of a space craft, boat or train, interiors are augmented, mediated, generated or embellished by technologies. The effect of these technologies is not neutral; one’s experience of an interior is significantly influenced by the affective resonance of its technologies.

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Published: 2020-10-21


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