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Positioning Research

Presented at:

International Conference on Mind, Space and The Body, Oxford, England 2015, ACADIA 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio 2015; Formal Methods in Architecture, Third International Symposium, Porto, Portugal 2015  


Published at: FRESH MEAT VII Journal 2015, University of Illinois at Chicago 2015  


Research accepted at: 8th International Conference on Researches in Engineering, Technology and Sciences (ICRETS), Istanbul, Turkey 2015


How we understand the world is directly affected by our position in it.  Constellations are simply the result of cognitive alignments related to our location in the universe, the horizon simply based on proximity and time. Relative Positioning explores the power of position in architecture: specifically, how Anamorphic projection and perspectival techniques can generate space and challenge our understanding of its form.  


Architectural illusion and perspectival deceptions have been investigated since antiquity in order to alter the perception of a given space, primarily used in an illusionary or optical manner. However, Anamorphic projection offers the potential to create dynamic spatial experiences that go well beyond simple projections or images/shapes simply painted onto a surface. Within Relative Positioning, architectural form exists in 3-dimensions (real, physical) but is perceived via procession and emergent perceptions based on choreographed alignments and foci—making it possible for a duality of visual perception to occur. Much like the diagonal movement through Villa Savoye or the space created by Matta-Clark’s cut (Figure 1), views and alignments add value, create perceptual shifts.  One no longer views the architectural form as a whole, but as a collection of cinematic moments, serial form: a tension of object-qualities that elicits spatial ambiguity that puts pressure on the ‘real’ and opens up a world of wonder and excitement.

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