IFW2015 – Interiors Forum World 2015

3rd International Conference


May 21-22, 2015
Politecnico di Milano, Italy



Living and inhabiting in an age of migrations


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Call for Papers

Identity and diversity – whether cultural, ethnic, religious or political – mark our contemporary global context on a daily basis. We live in an age that might be defined by migration, of population flow, by the movement of people, of information, of knowledge… From continent to continent, from nation to nation, from region to region, from city to city, individuals or groups of people overcome geographic borders and cultural or linguistic barriers in search of an economic comfort zone; for a new lease on life for their children; as well as for study purposes; for tourism or to experience new lifestyles and social relations.

Old and new nomads, inscribe traces, invisible or real, on the places they cross and where they stop, generating linguistic, cultural, lifestyle contaminations. They remark, delete or reconfigure their identity, absorbing or rejecting differences. By traveling and stopping – temporarily or permanently – they retrace paths followed by others or design new ones. It’s a movement of global intensification that configures ways of living, inhabiting, and being in the world.

On the other hand, the concept of the Interior has profoundly changed. It is no longer tied to the domestic and work sphere only – a dichotomy that Walter Benjamin used to tie to the capitalist society of the end of Nineteenth century – it now includes all places of associated and collective life. The metropolitan environment, specifically, is characterized by a succession of «internities», sometimes with (transient, feeble, fleeting) or mutating borders, that everyone re-owns in a more or less permanent way.

Proximity, Hybridization, Multiculturalism, Mobility, Identity, Diversity seem to characterize spaces for contemporary life, culture, training, hospitality, leisure, work, commerce and social relations.

  • How much have the concepts of place and identity changed in the age of migrations and multiculturalism?
  • How have the concept of inhabiting and its forms changed in a condition of global nomadism?
  • What new spaces and architectures are generated by the idea and practice of nomadism?
  • How much has the collective space of a society, marked by the intensification of mobility, changed?
  • What effects did the new technologies of access to knowledge have on spaces and shapes of places for culture, museums, libraries, schools, universities?
  • How the idea of contemporary interior has changed and how is it being modified?
  • How to redefine the theory and practice of the project of Interior between globalism and localism?

These are some of the questions which Interiors Forum World 2015 «Nomadic Interiors – living and inhabiting in an age of migrations» poses and aims to seek contributions for critical input.


Guidelines for participation and more information can be found in the downloadable complete CfP


Interiors Forum World

The Interiors Forum World will take place in Milan, at the School of Architecture and Society of Politecnico di Milano (via Ampere 22), in the days of May 21st and 22nd, 2015 from 09.30 to 19.00.
The official languages used during all stages of the conference are English and Italian.
It is envisaged to offer a simultaneous translation of all addresses (English/Italian and Italian/English).
Information regarding hospitality and accommodation (hotels, restaurants, transportation, …) will be available at a later stage.



It’s foreseen to publish all papers in their full length only in English.
The publication will be distributed to all participants on the first day of Conference.
The publication will have an ISBN.



  • Call: July 17th, 2014
  • Abstract deadline: October 6th , 2014
  • Abstract acceptance: October 20th , 2014
  • Submission deadline for curriculum, abstract, full paper, images, declarations: December 15th , 2014
  • Possible requests of revisions following reviews: January 19th , 2015
  • Final paper submission: February 16th , 2015
  • Interior Forum Worlds: May 21st – 22nd, 2015


Steering Committee

Luca Basso Peressut / Marco Borsotti / Imma Forino / Gennaro Postiglione / Pierluigi Salvadeo


Scientific Committee

Suzie Attiwill / Luca Basso Peressut / Shashi Caan / Daniel Cid Moragas / Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis / Anna Marie Fisker / Christoph Grafe / Hilde Heynen / Gianni Ottolini / Julieanna Preston / Santiago Quesada Garcia / Penny Sparke / Marco Vaudetti / Lois Weinthal.



Barbara Calvi / Stephanie Carminati


For further information: ifw2015@polimi.it or www.interiorsforumworld.net/home/ifw2015




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