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SISU 2015: the impact of space

In all of our sub-consciousnesses, we have a personal “grandma’s house” – a childhood space that seemingly has nothing to do with the conscious formation of space. We live in a time where the architect’s professional footprint is noticeable more as an exception than the rule. The contemporary human soul is in constant motion – its space can be freely self-forming. Both the charm and pain of extremely rapid, transforming changes affect our future lifestyle.

The time, in which Arne Jacobsen designed a hotel as well as its doorknobs, is fading away. Frank Lloyd Wright endeavoured for harmonious unity in a natural, spacious environment; Le Corbusier preferred rational geometric order to free nature; Mies van der Rohe recognised the need to create a space with universal opportunities, in which the consumer is a co-author, that is all derived from the shifting nature of social and ordinary life – in order to summarise the primary truths of modernist classics. The given methods of approach in the space-making process are understandable in and of themselves; today, let us focus on the latter of these: on the human as a user and creator of space.

Does the stamp of personal spatial experience depend foremost on a specific place, or rather on the length of time spent somewhere in solitude at a tender age? What should one remember when many manifold experiences are hidden in the depths of one’s memory and in the human body? How can one highlight these memory-images, make selections and emotionally translate them into the language of materials?

Interior architecture has broken out of the boundaries of rooms and currently influences both urban space and the global picture – the influence of space on people and people’s influence on space are topics in the interior architect’s field of vision, and are on his or her desk even when spatial interference is marginal. The SISU Symposium observes how space influences the person and the person influences space; i.e. the kinds of human interferences that inspire us. It likewise seeks the hidden connections found in the confluence of space and activity, i.e. what sites have the prerequisites for becoming “meeting places”. This year’s SISU will contemplate the values of space. What creative measures can a professional employ to interfere in space, and how can abstaining from interference affect the atmosphere of a space? What is the (interior) architect’s role in creating space as a location?

The 2015 SISU Symposium of Interior Architecture will be held at Von Krahl Theatre in Tallinn from 27–30 May. Be there; be welcomed!

Check out SISU 2014