Title page for ETD etd-11142005-193955

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rushton, Nan Michelle
Author's Email Address n.rushton@att.net, nrushton@vt.edu
URN etd-11142005-193955
Title An Exploration of Visual Sensations: The Use of Depth Perception to Create Pre-Architectural Forms
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair
Heflin, James R. Committee Member
Holt, Rengin Committee Member
Sarpaneva, Pia Committee Member
  • Light Drawing
  • Holographic Stereogram
  • Depth Perception
  • Linear Perspective
  • Perspective
  • Visualization
  • Color Theory
  • Conceptual
  • Schematic Design
  • Pre-Design
  • Visual World
  • Three-Dimensional Sketching
  • Visual Field
  • Pinhole Camera
Date of Defense 1998-09-02
Availability unrestricted
This exploration is one artist's view of visual reasoning through the study of depth perception. The experiment searched for pre-architectural forms through an investigation of geometric rectangular shapes and planar figures in anticipation of finding architectural volumes, that is, three-dimensional objects. I used three parameters to observe: the expected or planned, the anticipated, and the unforeseen.

The pre-architectural sketching style used the disciplines of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, color theory, optics, and photography to formulate an architectural language. First, as artist (painter), I selected the medium of light as the brushstroke, color as the pigment, and photographic film plane as the canvas to capture image abstractions. Second, I used one-point perspective as the viewer's line of sight. Finally, I employed a series of shape abstractions to form a succession of transparent sections that composed the subject matter.

This experiment sought to analyze visual perception by capturing the spatial depth of images, that is, a reproduction of something sculptural in likeness. The challenge was to reintegrate the abstracted Rectangular Shapes and Planar Figures. In order to achieve this physical abstraction, I created a modified camera obscura. This exploration produced clearly defined images-as-products that were interpreted as pre-architectural forms, which allowed me to translate color abstractions into architectural form studies, or models-as-products. Thus, the experiment created architectural volumes using light and color in order to draw points, lines, planes, and spatial depth.

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