Natural Disaster Rescue Center

Now you see it…now you don’t

 

This project deals with problems of literal and phenomenal transparency and its consequences for a Center of Irrigation Studies/facility in the Mojave Desert.The concepts and conditions of transparency have historically parallel those of movement and relativity theory and their implications; where relativistic thinking allows for two objects to co-exist simultaneously in space and time. As such transparency is a condition of betweeness, a simultaneous perception and reading of space.

Forming multi layered patterns such as Moire and having those moments between lines and surfaces affect visual experience engenders an optical fluctuation and ocular hatching in the form itself. Through the successive physical lamination of surfaces and a layered optical phenomena, this project aims to conflate both modes of seeing, therefore defying the mere awareness of building in this vast arid and desert territory. Using precise motions of robots and the overlapping of multiple moire patterns, the distinction of the literal and phenomenal transparency is made clear.

Mesh screens and translucent walls operate in conjunction with a spatial organization of surfaces and volumes, all surreptitiously appearing and disappearing from the horizon line. A physical separation of functions and programs is prioritized over a conventional approach of walls and partitions in a single structure. Here one can differentiate between the operations of ‘reading’ and ‘looking”. Reading’ requires close scrutiny whereas looking occurs in a permanent state of distraction. Perceptual transparency is a visual phenomena, as optical conditions arise due to the overlap of material and physical substance, whereas conceptual transparency is a form of conceptual understanding or close reading. Through the successive physical lamination of surfaces and a layered optical phenomena, this project aims to conflate both modes of seeing, therefore defying the mere awareness of building in this vast arid and desert territory. 

 

Using precise motions of robots and the overlapping of multiple moire patterns, the distinction of the literal and phenomenal transparency is made clear. Mesh screens and translucent walls operate in conjunction with a spatial organization of surfaces and volumes, all surreptitiously appearing and disappearing from the horizon line.

Reading’ requires close scrutiny whereas looking occurs in a permanent state of distraction. Perceptual transparency is a visual phenomena, as optical conditions arise due to the overlap of material and physical substance, whereas conceptual transparency is a form of conceptual understanding or close reading. Through the successive physical lamination of surfaces and a layered optical phenomena, this project aims to conflate both modes of seeing, therefore defying the mere awareness of building in this vast arid and desert territory. 

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