Grafting Interiority: Generative Methodologies Between the Natural and the Synthetic

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Issue Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021)
Published Jul 31, 2021
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Submitted : Mar 31, 2021 | Accepted : Jul 13, 2021

Rana Abudayyeh


Design is approaching a crucial period where the exchange between interior and exterior systems needs to be rethought and addressed from the standpoint of resilience and innovative environmental responses. The era of the detached interior bubble that is climate controlled and therein severed from natural systems is no longer justified or feasible. Interior spaces must respond to environmental conditions and proactively engage natural systems. The paper examines grafting methodology as an interior spatial formula that aims to generate complex sectional strategies for new programmatic typologies. It showcases work from a third-year interior architecture studio where students utilised natural landscapes as the premise to develop generative computational models that informed their design interventions.

While placing interior interventions between natural and synthetic processes, interior grafts outline a design tactic that challenges the disjunction between internal settings and external parameters. The potential to draw relevance from external parameters and integrate the derivative systems into the interior volume carries many implications for interior architecture and urban dynamics. This approach demarks a radical repositioning of the interior volume as a continuation of the exterior scape, proliferating a fluid and active interiority.

Keywords: interiority, grafts, fluidity, natural, synthetic

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Abudayyeh, R. (2021). Grafting Interiority: Generative Methodologies Between the Natural and the Synthetic. Interiority, 4(2), 249–266.
Author Biography

Rana Abudayyeh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Rana Abudayyeh is an Assistant Professor, and the Robin Klehr Avia Professor of Interior Architecture at the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design. Abudayyeh’s pedagogical interests focus on advancing new modes of architectural production employing computational design, digital fabrication, and novel material logics. She seeks to define innovative design trajectories rooted in a site-based approach that responds to various contextual layers. 

Abudayyeh joined the faculty at UT- Knoxville in 2015 after teaching at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning from 2004-2012. Previously, she worked at Antoine Predock Architect on numerous design competitions, federal, public, and private projects, most recent of which is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. She is a licensed architect in her native country, Jordan, where she is currently researching the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East while examining current models of interior spatial constructs in refugee camps.


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