Architectural Projection

  • FALL 2012
  • Architectural Projection introduced us to systems of projection and representation. We worked with a still life for the semester, doing different exploratory projects that helped us understand concepts, theories, and conventions related to moving back forth between two and three dimensions.
  • 1.1 Observing
  • Our first assignment was observational drawing. I did freehand drawings of the still life from two different points of view, recording light, shadow and the phenomena of reflection and refraction.
  • Point of view #1
  • Point of view #2
  • 1.2 Projecting
  • Next we projected information from our observational drawings back onto our still lives.
  • Point of view #1: acrylic paint represents light and dark areas.
  • Point of view #2: black wire in different densities represents different areas of darkness. Chrome wire represents reflections on the plexiglas.
  • 1.3 Mapping
  • I mapped the eye motion of viewers looking at the still life for the next assignment. Each color represents a different viewer.
  • Point of view #1
  • Point of view #2: multi-layered mapping of viewer eye motion: video of viewer on top of drawing of eye motion.
  • Setup of mapping
  • 2.1 Measuring
  • I created a measuring system that used the physics of free fall to calculate distance.
  • Measuring system
  • Measuring system
  • Close up of measuring system showing polar coordinates
  • Data spreadsheet from measuring system
  • Still frame from slow motion video of ball falling towards still life (oriented horizontally in this case)
  • 2.2 Translating
  • I used the data from the measuring system to create a three-dimensional computer model of the still life using Rhinoceros.
  • Measuring system
  • Illustration showing measuring system drop lines and outlines of still life
  • 3.1 Joining
  • I designed and built a structure based on a junction within the still life, capturing my measuring system and observed phenomena. I was interested in the visual tracery of free fall, rebound, and parabolic projectile motion.
  • Early iteration of design process
  • Later drawing showing top view and section cuts
  • Final drawing showing lines of structure
  • Completed structure
  • Completed structure