Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Torres-Barreto, Jose Antonio Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-02242006-232010 Title dis.PLAY - Center for the Art of Moving Images. A Film Center for Washington, D.C. Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair Holt, Jaan Committee Member Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member Pomajambo, Shane Committee Member Keywords
- Sound Stage
- Urban Fabric
Date of Defense 2006-02-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis thesis explores how a displayed image and architecture interact together. This manifesto is analogically explored using parts of the human body such as the eyeballs as a structural analysis for the buildings with a projection of the cornea, the pupil, the retina, the optic nerves and the brain. This analysis follows a sequential order of capturing light, transcribing light into image, and displaying such image onto a screen. Both, the image and architecture are created parallel to each other respectively when conceiving an architectural idea in order to develop the idea into a building and then perceiving the architecture from such building.
These steps are a cinematic approach using a video camera to record an experience of movement through the journey of a metro ride. This video is one of the tools used to edit an urban tissue of downtown Washington, D.C. The project becomes a Center for the Art of Moving Images exposing vectors of movements through its architecture. The building is manifested in a three-dimensional design where the site provides a sunken plaza 60 ft below street level perceived as a new floor in the city. The underground metro station transitions to the street surface through the use of this plaza in a very harmonious way. The result is a visual depth parallel to the perspectives perceived in movies where you see beyond the surface of the screen and in this case, beyond the surface of the city.
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