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VAGUE SPACE: Tracing eyes, edges, and the indeterminate limits of architectural space

ABSTRACT: The objective of this design research is to understand how humans view various interior architectural spaces and realms. The study makes specific use of modern spatial configurations that feature spaces which move beyond our field of view, across apparent wall planes and behind edges that have no apparent closure. This emphasis on continuous space is important when compared to similar spaces that have confined or contained physical attributes. The first part of the study outlines a design project that demonstrates space beyond our immediate perception. An affordable housing model with three types of 280 s.f. units serves to show the design potential in action. The second part of the study exists as a pilot investigation that gathers data from human subjects using eye tracking hardware paired with computer displays. The goals of the study aim to initiate a discussion about architectural space within the limits of perception as people scan indeterminate space. The design therefore serves as the starting point for research that analyzes and test this aesthetic hypothesis.


Chris Jarrett, Peter Wong

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