“Living” rooms: The hypernaturalization of the interior

Blaine E Brownell

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The vision of a structure embodying the full attainment of mechanization signified the ultimate separation between a synthetic interior environment and the natural world beyond. Le Corbusier‘s well known 1923 aphorism, “Le maison et une machine à demeurer” or “the house is a machine for living,” called attention to the opportunities enabled by the industrialization of architecture. At the time, total mechanization was a highly desired aspiration for architecture, made possible by the tools and effects of industrialization. Nearly a century later, the design and construction fields are changing course in response to a new global influence: the rapid convergence of technology and the natural sciences. Architects harness the principles of fluid dynamics to make cooling shelters, engineers create living facades composed of algae, artists make building blocks from microbes, and designers fashion furniture from fungus. Innovative thinkers in these and other disciplines seek a closer relationship with nature to advance work within their fields. In addition, a deeper knowledge about natural systems and processes is considered critical to making responsible environmental choices in design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Interior Architecture Theory Reader
EditorsGregory Marinic
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781317435006
ISBN (Print)9781138911079
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Gregory Marinic; individual chapters, the contributors.


  • Interior architecture
  • Philosophy


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