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2023: Upkeep

Interior Provocations


April 1, 2023

10 am - 6 pm PST

California College of the Arts

CCA | Blattner Hall | 75 Arkansas Street 75 Arkansas Street San Francisco, CA 94107

Admission is free | RSVP is required


The 2023 Interior Provocations Symposium: Upkeep will be hosted jointly by California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in San Francisco on April 1, 2023. The symposium will explore issues of repair, maintenance, sustenance, and adaptation through this year’s theme: Upkeep. We accept and acknowledge the critical work of upkeeping the built environment, sustaining our histories and cultures, and maintaining our shared resources. We recognize the ways in which the interior has defined, reinforced, hidden, and protected servitude and repair. We appreciate the role of interiors to extend the lives of our architectures and design for persistent adaptation of spaces and the human interactions they sustain. Interior Provocations Upkeep seeks new discourse centered on the evolution and transformation of cultural narratives, adaptive reuse, and historical revelation. We seek forward-thinking and wide-ranging interpretations of this theme and welcome papers that explore these questions in history, theory and praxis, across time, culture and place.

Keynote Speaker:

Sally Stone | Reader in Architecture and Adaptive Reuse | Manchester School of Architecture

"Remember - Reveal - Construct: A Developed Methodology for Adaptive Reuse"


Symposium Organizers


CCA Team: 

Amy Campos

Negar Kalantar

Katherine Lambert

William Littmann


Pratt Team:

Deborah Schneiderman

Keena Suh

Karyn Zieve

Image: Bartlett Bee Whisperer removes massive beehive from inside brick wall - Germantown, TN 2018

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