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Book explores links between social sustainability and interior architecture

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Curtin University last night launched the new book “Life from the Inside: Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture.”

Held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia the book launch was the last of three events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Curtin’s Interior Architecture program.

Edited by Curtin academics, the book features essays and commentaries by national and international experts on how interior architecture can improve the quality of life through the design of built environments. 

The book’s foreword was written by Tim Costello, Chief Executive of World Vision Australia.

Interior Architecture course coordinator and co-editor of the book, Associate Professor Dianne Smith, said it aimed to educate the public and design practitioners on the role of interior architecture and its contribution to issues of social justice, community engagement and cultural heritage.

“The book helps people to understand how interior architecture can educate the community on issues of social sustainability,” Associate Professor Smith said.

“It is a potential catalyst for change that brings people in this area together and encourages others to think about how they can create sustainable environments within their community.”

Associate Professor Smith also introduced the new version of the Interior Architecture course at the launch.

“The program provides all of the existing benefits to students, while also including a new focus on contemporary issues including sustainability and community engagement,” she said.


Karys Nella, Public Relations, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 3353, Email:

Associate Professor Dianne Smith, Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 2716, Email: 

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