SISU Symposium travels to Switzerland – 2017 Presenters Announced!

SISU Press Release
26th May, 2017

The 4th International Symposium of Interior Architecture and Spatial Use – SISU 2017, taking place on 7th and 8th June has announced this year’s presenters. The speakers range from the fields of philosophy to design, to interior architecture and architecture, representing practitioners, filmmakers, students, and academics from three continents.

The symposium, initiated by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects four years ago and subsequently organised in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Arts / Department of Interior Architecture in Tallinn as a platform for discussing developments in the field of spatial use, design and architecture with the aim to address relevant social issues and phenomena and to raise awareness among the design and architecture community and inspire collaboration. This year, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art / Instiute of Interior Architecture, and the Association of Swiss Interior Architects invited the Estonian partners to hold the charismatic and inspiring symposium in Lucerne, Switzerland.

“The SISU 2017 symposium will focus on re­use of interior space and community-driven redesign processes, shedding light on the question, how interior architecture is able to create an identity for naked space while ‘re-dressing’ it, and how this can contribute new value to the whole neighbourhood. What are our needs today and how does it influence the re-purposing process? How can we investigate the space inside the buildings of the past and dress it for the needs of today?” say the event curators Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla of Estonia and Sybilla Amstutz of Switzerland.

And as so eloquently written by one of the presenters, Tom Bosschaert: “The majority of all buildings we will inhabit in our lifetime have already been built. With concerns about climate, health and social equality rising, our attitude towards inhabiting the pre-existing urban fabric changes. We see our actions of today echo into the future. While we inhabit the past, and act into the future, we start to inhabit spaces differently. We’re shifting from a desire for the ‘new’ to a desire for authenticity, storytelling, personal experience, and responsibility. We re-value what exists, and what can exist. Sustainability means re-discovering value… From interior ecosystems to adaptive reuse of industrial heritage. To re-inhabit our past and future.”

SISU will approach these questions across different disciplines for the first time in parallel in two countries – Neubad, Lucerne, Switzerland and in the mobile classroom created by students of interior architecture and graphic design of the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia.

Presenters Come from Three Continents

The opening speech will be given by Eva Franch, an architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. She runs her solo practice OOAA (Office of Architectural Affairs) and since 2010 is the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 Franch, with the project OfficeUS, was selected by the US State Department to represent the United States Pavilion at the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale. Franch has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo, and Rice University School of Architecture.

The keynote speaker of the second day is Professor Graeme Brooker, an educator, writer and designer based in the UK. He is the head of Interior Design at The Royal College of Art, London, the founder and director of the charity Interior Educators (IE), the UK national subject association. He has written over ten books on the design of interior space. His presentation will focus on strategies that explore the adaptation of redundant materials as sites of depredation, a situation that provides the conditions for mediation. In other words, reusing materials foregrounds the enactment of research and design processes that will ensure that not only meaningful change will take place but that they originate new and unique processes of research, thinking and knowledge.

The second keynote speech will be given by Pascal Angehrn who is a Member of the Board of Management at Insitu AG since 2015. From 2014 manager of the NRS insitu AG branch office, specializing in resources-efficient construction.

Other speakers include Aura Luz Melis, a partner in Inside Outside, Carmen Gasser Derungs and Remo Derungs from their interdisciplinary interior architecture firm, Eik Hermann, a lecturer of philosophy and practice-based theory at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and Editor in Chief of the architecture magazine Ehituskunst along with architect Juhan Rohtla, both from KUU Architects office and presenting the story of an old textile factory turned into a contemporary ever-changing art academy. Hermann and Rohtla wish to focus on the special case of (re)designing spaces that would be in a constant renewal, that is, that would stay on the state of rawness or would, like an elastic band, return to this unstable state after temporarily acquiring a more stable identity. Leon Lai and Nico Schlapps from PINKCLOUD.DK will talk about their recent projects, which attempt to co-op the unrelenting pace of urbanization by seeking opportunities for timely adaptive reuses in-and-outside the city. Martin Melioranski runs his office Meliorad and has been teaching students of architecture and other disciplines since 1999. From 2005 he has been the co­founder and director of 3DL at the Faculty of Architecture of Estonian Academy of Arts. A glimpse will be given into an ongoing multi-disciplinary workshop series held since 2012, and for now, focused on sites in Estonia. It has been a collaboration of students and tutors from two universities and three disciplines, local entrepreneurs, municipalities, experts and practitioners with various backgrounds. Tom Bosschaert is the director of Except Integrated Sustainability, a multi-disciplinary research, strategy, and design office in the Netherlands. He has been increasingly recognized as a leader in sustainability thinking, the circular economy and systemic innovation.

The presentations will be complemented by a special film programme, selected by visual artist Ingel Vaikla (Tallinn/Brussels). A panel discussion about how the challenges in the area of interior architecture are conveyed to the students, lead by Dominic Haag-Walthert, HSLU (Lucerne), Andreas Wenger, FHNW (Basel), Pietro Vitali, SUPSI (Lugano), Jan Geipel, HEAD (Genève).

SISU 2017 is curated by Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla (Tallinn) and Sibylla Amstutz (Lucerne).

SISU is free of charge, translation from English will be provided into German. The symposium will be broadcast live to the Mobile Classroom in Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn, Estonia.

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We are grateful to our:

SISU sponsors
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Intera, Hals Interiors, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft / Kommission für Technologie und Innovation (KTI), VSI.ASAI, Lista Office LO, Global Shop Design GmbH, Marianne Daepp Innen-Architektur, Pendt AG, Designo AG, André Denz, Gehri AG, AVL Dolmetscher GmbH, Waldis AG, Polsterfactory, Création Baumann.

ESL Supporters
Bauhof Group, Puustelli, Hektor Light, Moodne Valgustus, Akzo Nobel Baltics/Sadolin, Decoland, Elke Furniture, Lincona Konsult, Glamox HE, Fagerhult, Floorin, E-Lux Kodutehnika, Wermstock, I.D. Kangas, InterStudio, Vivarec, Geberit, Villeroy&Boch Gustavsberg AB Eesti filiaal, Ambassadors of Design, Smart Walls, Björn Espresso Bar

Additional information:
Solveig Jahnke (Tallinn)
Tel +37256264949

Nicole Hartmann (Luzern)