RISD Architecture 15'
Brown University, Brown Institute of Brain Science
“A key aspect of creativity is the process of finding great metaphors-symbols that represent something else.” Ray Kurzweil, How to Create a Mind
By emulating brain processes, one can better interpolate the mind / brain relationship. This can lead the way for insight into the way one thinks about ordering space, program, and the architectural organization of cooperative work environments.
Working with Brown University’s Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS), one can begin to fathom bringing together researchers from the Departments of Neuroscience, Cognitive and Linguistic Science, Physics, and the Division of Applied Mathematics. In addition, BIBS will be joining forces with the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute at Rhode Island Hospital, bringing together clinical neuroscience departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Combining these distinct fields creates an interdisciplinary approach with hopes to yield breakthroughs.
Working closely with Brown University’s Neuroscience Department, granted the opportunity for direct experiments and demonstrations, analogous modeling, presentations by prominent brain researchers, and relevant tours of Brown University’s laboratories and hospital clinical space.
As with the brain, the optimal goal is to bring these related, yet separated practices or parts together, to work as a single entity.
The Corpus Callosum is home to 300 million contralateral axon projections. It is the largest white matter in the human brain and the reason we are able to get dressed in the morning. At its essence, it is a channel that connects the two hemispheres of our brain. Through this connection, fosters unity. It allows the two halves of the brain to respond and interact. Cutting or blocking areas of communication creates a disconnect of the whole, inevitably leading it to fail.
Each model works as a unit. Each piece is able to respond to the actions of every other, creating a matrix of connections. However, if part of the connection is cut, the relationship will eventually falter.
Perception vs. Conception
By distorting light, I created a space that fluctuates based on directionality. Thus, altering one’s perception of space from their conception of it. Working with extruded geometries allowed for me to create two like spaces that are radically different experiences. A shared wall creates interplay between the two sides, creating a space that contracts and expands. Angled apertures create the illusion of a closed or an open roof based upon the users point of view. Light radiates along the curved interior walls, extenuating the distorted space.