New Territories: Reimagined Interiorities

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Issue Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021)
Published Jul 31, 2021
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Submitted : Sep 30, 2020 | Accepted : Jun 22, 2021

Lucy Marlor


At a time where boundaries within society, culture, and technology are continually challenged and redefined, even the commonly understood binary oppositions within areas such as gender, age, and digitality (Negroponte, 1995) are becoming less visible, measurable, and socially accepted. In this new realm where even physical reality is encroached upon by the digital, are the tangible and perceived distinctions between interior and architecture also becoming extinct? The emergence of more flexible and transitional space appears to not only blur the boundaries of inside and outside, interior and architecture, but also the previous distinctions of function. Space is no longer solely intimated by visual cues, materiality, or the physicality of walls and interior objects. Instead, we see increased ‘function neutrality’ within buildings, with rising opportunity for user interpretation and take-over. This renewed focus on the user can enrich our built environment as we embrace new equality of the interior and relish its new freedom and voice.

Keywords: interiority, architecture, thresholds, reimagined, temporality

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Marlor, L. (2021). New Territories: Reimagined Interiorities. Interiority, 4(2), 191–206.
Author Biography

Lucy Marlor, Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Lucy Marlor is a practising designer and joint Programme Leader of the BA(Hons) Interior Design degree at Northumbria University. Prior to entering academia, Lucy spent several years in commercial practice, designing across a wide range of sectors including leisure, hospitality, healthcare, education, civic, workplace, and private residential projects. Practice-based interests follow the adaptive re-use and re-purposing of existing architecture and interior space, in particular the decline and abandonment of existing architecture within the built environment and how we may better utilise unused or ruined spaces. Her research interests lie in the changing nature of the interior and further defining the conceptually and experientially elusive state of interiority. Recent academic and commercial practice activity includes journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, designed artefacts, national and international architecture and design competitions, and live commercial interior design projects in the North East of England.


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