Established in 2009 as the first American academic publication focusing on Design and Adaptive Reuse, the Int|AR Journal explores this inherently sustainable practice through multi-faceted investigations and paradigmatic examples. Encompassing issues of preservation, conservation, alteration and interventions, each peer-reviewed issue offers broad but distinct viewpoints on a single topic.

We live in a time characterized by violence, racism, inequality, supremacy, ignorance.  These actions prompt responses, daily and globally, from Tweets to boycotts, but also kindness and unintended heroism. George Bernard Shaw said, “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not to react.” 

In the built environment, both microscopic and urbanistic, design interventions react to constraints of nature, clients, budgets, structural limits. What of Intervention as Act?
Can an intervention to an existing structure think? yell? scream? whisper?
Can an intervention to an existing structure prompt performance? engagement? revision? negation?
Can an intervention to an existing structure create sanctuary? absolve? moralize? redeem? ideate? appropriate? heal? And what of the building’s original intent?  
Can an intervention be an act of defiance, one of division, one of resistance?
If Intervention as Act implies a breaking away, a shift from the status quo, an adaptation to a new context, can that adaptation bring occupants to ACT? 

In Volume 09 of the Int|AR Journal of Interventions and Adaptive Reuse, we seek proposals of no more than 250 words that address the design intervention to an existing construct(s) as ACT.  

We invite scholarly proposals of ideas, built or unbuilt projects and critical explorations that investigate the relationship of water in design and building reuse from historical, theoretical, environmental, cultural and social points of view. 


Int|AR invites abstracts from scholars in the fields of design, interior design, interior architecture, architecture, preservation, related and interdisciplinary fields (architectural history, art history, archeology, engineering, urban studies, media studies). 

Contributing to the international discourse on interior architecture, the journal addresses issues of existing structures and adaptive reuse by promoting creative explorations of this subject through exemplary works in which sustainability is one important facet. Its domain encompasses issues of preservation, conservation, alteration and interventions in the field of architecture and interior studies and practice, but also in the realms of urban and landscape design, and their repercussions in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, art and design.

By exploring distinct viewpoints and approaches to specific themes, and by selecting contributions through a peer-review process, Int|AR is conceived as an engaging forum in which different and possibly controversial views are expressed.

Selection of abstracts will be based upon the submission’s relationship to a specific question of inquiry and how it relates to Building Reuse.  Articles submitted after the initial abstract review, should be no more than 3500 words. Text must be formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. All articles must be submitted in English, and spelling should follow American convention. All submissions must be submitted electronically. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format. Int|AR is committed to the highest standard of printed graphics and accept only articles where the authors can provide high quality photos and illustrations. Image files as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 8” by 10” print size. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author biography (around 150 words) must accompany the text.


 -Proposals 250 words_ by August 15, 2017

- Notification of abstract acceptances by September 15, 2017

- Full Paper 1000-3000 words_ November 15, 2017


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