Archive for October, 2010

Blitz #2

In preparation for the blitz on Friday I wrote up my one page proposal and made a visual aide for my 2 minute presentation.

Version 5

I am working to understand complex natural and human made systems in San Salvador, El Salvador because I want to design an intervention to address the endemic sinkhole problem in order to discover options to current reactionary procedures.

* I am interested enough in my current studio project to think about continuing it in the spring.

Melting wax models

Melting wax models by Laurie McGinley

Melting wax models, originally uploaded by Laurie McGinley.

light, form, transparency and density

Overcast sky with movement

Overcast sky with movement by Laurie McGinley

Overcast sky with movement, originally uploaded by Laurie McGinley.

The result is different when we are home and the sky is overcast.

Noon to sunset, October 17, 2010

Daylight study of afternoon sun paths.

See the afternoon compressed into an 18 second video


What I know today

Catalog of assumed knowledge: 2010-10-15

Scaled experience: Light is the only material that scales perfectly. Thoughtful photographs of scale models allow the viewer to be transported into the proposed space through the use of two tools: a photograph and a scale model.

Art Gallery on Spring Equinox at 3:00 p.m.(Model by Melissa Rasmussen)

Art Gallery on Spring Equinox at 3:00 p.m. (Model by Melissa Rasmussen)

Time compression: Multiple photographs can compress time in a way that allows the viewer to recognize patterns that they might miss by viewing the scene in real time.

Pedestrian and foot traffic in Istanbul

Pedestrian and foot traffic in Istanbul

Diurnal patterns: Justin Quinnell’s project entitled Slow Light exemplifies photography’s ability to represent diurnal patterns. Quinnell used a six month exposure to show the sun’s path across the sky. His work is an extreme case of diurnal pattern capture. A more¬†attainable¬†study can be produced with daylight models and a sun peg.

Scale model and sun table

Scale model and sun table

Phenomenological representation: Photographs can distill a design idea into a 2D graphical format that require no words to explain.

Meditation room

Meditation room

Version 4

I am studying an interior space where I have easy and frequent access with the representation tool of photography because I want to learn how it distills architectural experiences in order to help my audience understand phenomenological events, time compression and sensory capture.

Version 3

How can compressing time into a glance distill a movement, idea or attribute? How can sensory capturing and compression allow us to understand an idea?

Version 2

Photography is a tool used to understand spacial, visual and contextual elements of architecture. Photography has been used to document architecture, understand scale models and represent phenomenological ideas about spaces both built and unbuilt. I will explore photography as a tool to represent architectural characteristics.


My friend Allison forwarded this to me today. It is rare if I watch an online video for more than two minutes. I was a little annoyed that this one was 12 minutes. It came with a rave review so I sat down and watched it. By minute three I was hooked.

This video addresses some of the ideas on which I have been ruminating for the last few months. How can photographic qualities enhance an understanding of an architectural space. Please enjoy this video at full screen with the sound on. Enjoy.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Only when you are done should you consider if you feel betrayed because this is a full CGI production. I felt a little betrayed for four seconds. Then I let it go.

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