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The Intypes - First Searchable Online Database for Contemporary Design

The Intypes: First Searchable, Online Database for Contemporary Design

 |  by Levent Ozler
The Intypes (Interior Archetypes) Research and Teaching Project at Cornell creates a typology of contemporary interior design practices that are derived from reiterative historical designs that span time and style and cross cultural boundaries.

The argument for the significance of a typology of historic and contemporary interior design practices is based on eleven years of experiments that have already produced approximately 70 archetypes developed by the principal investigators and graduate students.

Intypes identify contemporary design practices that have not been named, thereby providing designers with an interior-specific, history-specific, and contemporary design-specific vocabulary.

The project also offers an innovative approach to further design criticism and design sustainability.

The Interior Archetypes Project produces a new knowledge base for the creative dimension of design.

It is the first project of its kind to assemble contemporary design theory in a searchable database using primary source imagery.

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