Archive for May, 2011

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.

M. Arch 2011

My classmates made some incredible projects this semester. You may download the M. Arch project brochure with a brief description of each project. It is an 11 MB file. Please be patient.

M. Architecture 2011 project brochure

M. Architecture 2011 project brochure


Motion Lapse is part of a constellation of work. Cosm is one of the stars in that constellation.

Cosm is an integrated collection of extensions to Max/MSP/Jitter to assist the construction of navigable, sonified, complex virtual worlds, and has been designed to facilitate use in CAVE-like environments. Cosm adds support for six degrees of freedom navigation for both camera and world-objects, collision detection between objects (based on spherical intersection), spatialized audio for mobile objects. It also provides rich support for 3D fields as dynamic environments, and agent-environment interactions.

Cosm uses stereo technology to create left/right pairs. COSM is part of transLAB, which is also in the constellation.


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


161 days

My camera was suspended above Rapson Hall courtyard from November 21, 2010 to May 1, 2011.

150,293 photographs



multi-frame, auto blended photographs

225 GB

photographs produced



Version #16

Motion lapse uses a photographic tool that records¬†stereoscopic, fish eye, motion activated images in plan view of the center of Rapson Hall courtyard. I built this tool to interrogate photography’s ability to inform architectural design. The tool has recorded over 160,000 photographs in the last seven months. I have used the photographs an informant of activity and light patterns, as a sketch modeling method and as a driver for 3-D form. Photography is an architectural tool that can represent compressed time, movement, change and 3-D form.

10.5 mm lens coverage on a Nikon D200

I just un warped one of the photographs from my camera. I am surprised to see the coverage a 10.5mm lens has. Due to the fact that my Nikon D200 does not have a full frame sensor, the lens behaves like a 15mm lens.

A 15mm lens has about a 114 degree field of view. A human eye has about a 180 degree field of view. This star that the 15mm lens sees would be even more exaggerated. or 15mm lens coverage or 15mm lens coverage

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