Category: Findings

control and looseness

Christian Korab commented on the panopticon photographic tool,

“It’s a tool that operates in an heuristic manner with stochastic information, so its not so much what the ego makes with the tool as it is what the tool does to guide the ego in the design process. Its a tool that needs to be held loosely in keeping with the nature of peripheral vision.”

This semester I taught two sections of Design Fundamentals 1, an undergraduate class. Every week I asked the students to allow their chosen material and tool to inform their design process. I asked them to strike a balance between control and looseness in their work so they would design an object that was neither forced nor a product of their preconceived idea of what it should be. Motion Lapse uses a tool that allows designers to have control of their bodily choices and allow the tool to document the stochasticity of the exercise.


I spent the last month writing about my process and findings. The full pdf of Motion Lapse may be downloaded. Here are a few highlights:

Motion Lapse

A photographic modeling tool that prioritizes the experience of architectural space

Motion Lapse uses a photographic tool placed in a panopticon
position that records stereoscopic, fish eye and motion activated photographs in plan view of the center of Rapson Hall courtyard. Through exploration of the panopticon, I discovered a modeling method that prioritizes the experience of space in early stages of architectural design. For the duration of the project, the panopticon collected over 160,000 photographs, which I selectively edited to create multi-frame photographs. These blended photographs compress time and reveal changes in activity and light patterns. Motion Lapse interrogated the panopticon, a photographic tool that represented compressed time, movement, change and 3-D form.

Final review

I presented Motion Lapse on Monday. I set up both motion activated cameras to demonstrate their function to the jury. As a result, I have a 3D mesh of the audience.

download pdf of 3-D model of crowd

download pdf of 3-D model of crowd

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