Fluxtuations: The perceptual transformation of architecture
Luong, Tuan Thanh
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Statement of issue or problem . In architecture, there exist material and immaterial conditions. In this thesis, the material condition is defined as physical components (such as masonry or stone) while the immaterial condition of architecture is defined through light. The focus in this thesis is to create a dialogue which construes a continuous interchange between light and the physical components of architecture, materialized in drawings and built form. This fluctuation between immaterial and material conditions allows for the visual transformation of architecture from a static to a dynamic existence. Method of inquiry . A series of darkroom studies will provide sets of photograms documenting the three dimensional distortion of light as it passes through a material filter. Each set will display the unique relationship between light projected and the various material filters. Simultaneously, these material filters will be explored at the scale of a site in downtown Buffalo, NY as well as a full scale investigation into this relationship between material filters and visual effects. Working between these multiple scales will allow a logic to arise in which both the transformation of light and the physicality of the material influence one another.* (Abstract shortened by UMI.) *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Flash Player.