Architecture’s Liminality: Virtual Spaces on the Built Fabric

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Architecture is judged by the eyes that see,
by the head that turns, and the
legs that walk.  Architecture is not
a synchronic phenomenon but a successive one,
made up of pictures adding themselves
one to the other, following each other,
in time and space, like music.
This is important, indeed it is capital and decisive:
the star-shapes of the Renaissance
gave an eclectic architecture,
intellectualized, a spectacle seen
only in fragments of intention….
The cone of vision is in front,
concentrated upon a concrete field which is,
in reality, a limited one,
and limited still more by the mind….
(that) can interpret, appreciate and measure
only that which it has time to grasp.

Le Corbusier, The Modulor


Projected spaces have appeared throughout history upon the physical forms of reality to suggest virtual spaces.  By using visual cues, innate to our lexicon of understanding the world around us, representations have the ability to suggest space that is not physical.  Cultural Spatialization compounds over the historical timeline of societal spatial understanding. It responds to new visual stimuli that emerges with new methods of spatial representation. Visual Interplayallows for the exchange of perceptual qualities between the elements of reality and the virtual.  This exploration identifies the visual cues used by the architectural fabric’s physical forms that define space. It also defines those used by visual-virtual representations or “projected spaces” that suggest virtual-spatial additions.  Through an evaluation across the historical timeline of projected spaces, the potential cultural spatialization of today is identified. It suggests that present day built environment and visual-virtual representations are not yet fully reflective of these capabilities. The breadth of modern spatial experiences is then categorized to bring to light modern cultural spatialization.  By contextualizing the modern viewer in light of these discoveries, the architect will be able to sculpt the visual interplay made possible by the technology that assisted in elevating our cultural spatialization.


You can also view the blog examination I performed on the medium of Projection Mapping