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Title: Drawing out the interior : thinking through drawing
Author: Spankie, Rosemary
ISNI:       0000 0004 7429 1015
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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The study of the interior, or the practice of Interior Design,1 is often described as a new discipline2 and in its present form this is true, even the use of the word interior to describe the inside of a building only coming into common parlance at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The idea of interiors as a profession developed in the late nineteenth century and it was as recently as the 1970s that it was felt necessary to provide a degree style of education. Because of its apparent youth Interior Design has been seen as part of the discipline of architecture and as such has operated literally and conceptually ‘within’ architecture, borrowing its means of practice, ways of thinking and methods of representation. The purpose of this thesis is two fold: Firstly to question the validity of this position suggesting the practice of interiors is neither young, nor is it an inevitable result of architectural production. Rather it should be understood as a discipline in its own right o"ering an alternative knowledge base to that of its host. Secondly the thesis attempts to describe what that knowledge base might be. The title Drawing Out the Interior refers to discussion of the Italian word ‘disegno’ meaning drawing but also drawing out of an idea.3 Using drawing as a method of investigation, as an analytical and critical tool, I have literally ‘drawn out’ three case study interiors. These interiors are: The Censors’ Room at the Royal College of Physicians, St Andrews Place, NW1, previously of Pall Mall East, SW1 and Warwick Lane, EC4. / Sigmund Freud’s Consulting Room and Study, both in Berggasse 19, Vienna IX and 20 Mares!eld Gardens, NW3. / and The Old Cinema at 307 Regent Street, W1B.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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