2007 | Inhabiting Risk

2007 IDEA Conference

2 to 6 July 2007

Wellington, New Zealand

The 2007 IDEA conference was convened by: Kate Linzey (Massey University, Wellington), Tony de Goldi (Wellington Institute of Technology), Gill Matthewson (Wellington Institute of Technology) and Christine McCarthy (Victoria University, Wellington)

Risk is ‘a situation involving exposure to danger’. It is the thing which comes into play with every possibility of something progressive or challenging. Risk is a recipe for making, and engaging with strangeness. Risk can be denied, suppressed, or encouraged and cherished. Risk can be productive or utterly destructive. Risk chances failure, but it also chances success. Without risk the world enters mediocrity.

From the conference call for papers and participation:

The conference theme, Inhabiting Risk, asks participants to engage in a forensic analysis of risk in the context of the education and practice of interior design and interior architecture. It argues that this accountancy-prone era needs a re-evaluation of risk. Can true progression and intellectual play occur without risk? Can progressive interior design / architecture be taught in a context of safety, hesitancy and conservatism? How can risk be inhabited in the avoidance of mediocre design, teaching and research?

Inhabiting Risk is a five day symposium consisting of conference papers and workshops, to be held on and within the fault lines of Wellington, that aims to bring together Interior Design and Interior Architecture students, academics, practitioners and other interested parties to entertain the potentials for design and inhabitation.

Keynotes were chosen for their own engagements with risk, and also for the particular ‘risks’ their work presents for interior design and interior architecture.

Kengo Kuma is an internationally renowned architect and writer on architecture. Kuma’s work is typified by his desire to “erase architecture”, and involves the sophisticated handling of diverse materials – metal, wood, bamboo, stone, plastic – to create ambiguous, translucent spaces. Kuma studied at the University of Tokyo and Columbia University, and is currently a professor at Keio University in Tokyo. He established Spatial Design Studio in 1987, and Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. His award-winning projects include: Water/Glass (1995), a corporate guest house; the Museum of Ano Hiroshige (2000); and the One Omotesando commercial complex (2003). Hi recent works include T-Hutte (2006), and the Lotus House (2005).

Christina Cogdell is Assistant Professor of Art History at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. She is author of Eugenic Design: Streamlining American Mass Culture in the 1930’s (2004). She has publised articles in American Quarterly and Design Issues, and has received numerous research fellowships. She is currently co-curating with Marianne Lamonaca, of the Wolfsonian Gallery, an exhibition on interwar design, eugenics, hygiene and the body, due to open in 2009 at Santa Fe and Miami Beach.

Judy Darragh emerged as an artist in the 1980 and is renowned for embracing low art and kitsch in witty and lurid sculptural assemblages. Her practise over the past 20 years has included a wide range of media and contexts and crossed industrial materials; working in two and three dimensions and occupying shopfronts, artist run spaces and galleries. Darragh’s art has continued to engage with contemporary understandings of sex, politics, good taste and good practise – with wit and humour.

Conference papers
  • Douglas Baker & Kelly Dungey, The Integration of Risk Management into the Design of the Airport Metropolis
  • Rachel Carley, The Foreign Body: Whiteread’s Untitled (Room 101) in the Italian Cast Courts
  • Joanne Cys, Un-owned Territories
  • Dolly Daou & Gini Lee, Unsanctioned Occupation: experiments in threshold interiority
  • Carl Douglas, ACCIDENT + EMERGENCY: Risky Intervals in the Design Studio
  • Fiona Harrisson, Uneasy: design and working between cultures in remote Western Australia
  • Peter Hedley, Dianne Smith & David Fermer, Designing Risk into the Design Studio
  • Kristine Jerome, A Case of McDonalds Restaurant: the Built Environment and the perpetuation of the phenomenon of globalisation
  • Jane Lawrence & Joanne Cys, 15 keys: the (ad)venture of student/industry projects
  • Jane Lawrence & Rachel Hurst, Inside Trading: a qualitative review of two urban markets
  • Jane Lawrence & Rachel Hurst, threatening to unravel: the material of teaching & research in design
  • Kate Linzey & Emma Febvre-Richards, Domestic Consumption: SubArt
  • Christine McCarthy, Foreignness and Productions of Interiority
  • Terry Meade, Intrusion and Reconfiguration in Occupied Territories
  • Edgar Rodriguez Ramirez, Ross Stevens & Simon Fraser, Design Led Futures: Provocative Concepts as Promotional Tools
  • Nancy Spanbroek & Brenda Ridgewell, To Take Risk in Education Requires Time for Exploration
  • Mini Suresh, Jill Franz & Dianne Smith, Interior Design from an Integrative Health Systems Perspective Reveals the ‘Hidden Dimension’
  • George Verghese, Strangers in a Material World: mapping the application of new materials and risk in the design process
  • Kathy Waghorn, Home Invasion and Political Risk
  • B. J. (Jack) Williamson, Risks to the Designers’ Safe Interior Design Due to the Actions of Building Owners Undertaking Minor Building Alterations

Inhabiting Risk

Conference proceedings [download document here]