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2023: Upkeep Call for Abstracts

Interior Provocations



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.

The broadly outlined theme reflects the interest in wide-ranging interpretation. The conference encourages provocative and boundary-expanding proposals from design practitioners, historians, and theorists that challenge traditional assumptions and investigate overlooked parameters or influences. The symposium is organized around two themes:

– History + theory

– Praxis + theory

Indicate in your email subject and on your abstract whether your paper should be considered history + theory or praxis + theory.

Submission Requirements:

Please submit abstracts with original, unpublished research to by January 15, 9:00pm EST. Include the following required items:

  • Abstract: 300 words maximum

  • 2-page cv 

  • one to three images (required)

Depending upon the number of entries, a poster session will also be held. Please indicate in your abstract if you would like to be considered for this session only.




2023 Interior Provocations: Upkeep will be held in person at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA on April 1, 2023.

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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