This directed research studio will take examples of visual representation from various moments in history and students will construct environments with the hyper-focused intensity of the extracted essence of the chosen examples. Looking at representations of ancient Egypt, the Renaissance or traditional Chinese paintings, one can extract strategies of extreme flatness, single perspectives of radical frontality, or structures of uncertain authenticity and rich complexity, speculating on contemporary mechanisms of seeing will lead students to explore not only moving images but a multitude of parallel and simultaneous representations in increasingly faster sequence.

The studio will develop several sequential spacial proposals based on rigorous research of the various visual strategies chosen.

For this studio, we were asked to reframe our visual conventions and engage inventive strategies for our optical expectations. This task sets out to  make people aware of their environment in a new way. The intention for the projects is to develop schemes of representation that radicalize the perception of space. This is achieved through the exploration of  strategies of visual culture, allowing for architecture to tie specifically into these cultural and social conventions. This marries references from the past, as well as speculates on the potential constructs of the future.

There is a multiplicity of strategies for seeing, both in reality as well as artificially constructed. We’ve been exploring alternative modes of representation that are not inhibited by preconceived notions of the traditional. Instead we will be experimenting with different ways of visually communicating architectural experiences that align with the image-based consumption of our environments.

Our research has led  students to select a configuration of visual representation derived from different points throughout the past, both near and far. Precedent studies include, but are not limited to: historical or modern paintings, photography, drawings, google maps,  or film. These precedents provide a point of departure to begin developing these schemes.

Throughout the remainder of the semester we will continue the investigation of visual formalities, leading each student to develop multiple forms of challenging the visual expectations people have about their environments.



Generate a new geometry by recording the distortion of the original one.

I extracted the CCTV tower and combined all the distortions. By adding time to the deformation processes, the stretched curvature is developed by different kinds of transformation and the time of its changing, just like the long-time exposure photoshoot.



The mirror, glass facades, and the recession are meant to generate the paper-thin edges and also creating a sense of floating. In addition, the topology between the buildings in the front and back enhance the floating sense, the upper part of the building or the cantilever looks like being lift up.



Hybridize different parts of the buildings and the images in order to make a 3d architectural collages .

The process of the collage was used to create a building that can be perceived as a whole, but becomes unstable as the independent elements expose their individual components.