ARCH 4509/6509
Scripting Illusion: The Parametrics of the Perspective Window

black silhouette with a green hologram emerging from its hand

Analysis of Baldassare Peruzzi, by Jonathan A. Scelsa.

  • Instructor: Jonathan Scelsa
  • Time: W 10:10 a.m.–12:05 p.m.
  • Location: 144 East Sibley Hall
  • Credits: 3

This design research seminar will focus on visual and formal methodologies for the production of an architecture of trickery, deception, confusion, illusion, and hiding in plain sight through manipulation of two-dimensional pattern and three-dimension form.

Optical constructs will be introduced to students through lecture and readings on their advent and technique, and architectural precedent. Ideological content will be supplemented through in-class demonstrations on the associated computational and parametric procedures. Architecture and landscape tropes of study will include anamorphosis, autostereograms, disruptive coloration, countershading, motion dazzle, quadratura, shakkei, ha-has, crypsis, mimesis, and reflection/refraction and parallax.

Students will each be assigned a specific trope that they will carry throughout the semester to examine through the lens of geometry, architectural history, and precedent developing a research project towards a final spatial art installation.

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