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Anita Wong

Anita Wong

Saratoga, CA, US

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The game room: By implementing the panoptic theory we come to understand that the greatest surveillors are indeed outselves. By implementing the 'all seeing eye' simply by using 2 way and mirrors, the players are not able to know if they are being watched therefore controlling their own behaviors.
The game room: By implementing the panoptic theory we come to understand that the greatest surveillors are indeed outselves. By implementing the 'all seeing eye' simply by using 2 way and mirrors, the players are not able to know if they are being watched therefore controlling their own behaviors.
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Thesis project 2012

Sited in the St Croix of the US Virgin Islands, this project pursues a large and multifaced casino and lab that deploys shifts in the composition of architecture in order to provide a heightened sensory awareness of surveillance and voyuerism. Physical and psychological comfort is provided by a series of surveillance theory inspired design devices, each of which encourages the development of the important psychological notions of self criticism, knowledge, power, comfort, discomfort, attachment, social normalcy, & curiosity. The building pursues architecture not as a top down strategy but rather as a bottom up, creating reactions before the catalyst.

St. Croix relying predominately on tourism as means for their economy has recently suffered a big loss by the closure of their oil refinery which was the main source of revenue for the island. The casino serves as a economic incubator while in the lab infused with the casino serves as a support space in and of each other. The players are unaware of the actuality of the program but rather assumes it as a hyper realism. Casinos and labs are extreme juxtopositioning programs and are therefore reliant on the use of surveillance as a common issue to generate reactions

 
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Status: School Project
Location: University of Southern California
Additional Credits: Doris Sung- Thesis instructor
University of Southern California

 
The Forum: the forum, acting as a lecture hall and open discussion room for scientists is designed as a sloping concentric room that focuses on one speaker who is able to control surrounding projection screens. the forum also monitors audience behavior bydisplaying images which not only allows the lecturer to see their behaviors but the audience as well.
The Forum: the forum, acting as a lecture hall and open discussion room for scientists is designed as a sloping concentric room that focuses on one speaker who is able to control surrounding projection screens. the forum also monitors audience behavior bydisplaying images which not only allows the lecturer to see their behaviors but the audience as well.
The Lab Pod: camoflauge is a technique we know to allow something to 'blend in' and 'hide' - allowing whatever is camoflauged to stay safe and hidden. The Camo Pod is designed as a way to camoflauge the scientists in the midst of the casino- hiding, safe from being noticed and at the same time observing and studying. The camo pod allows the casino as a place of study.
The Lab Pod: camoflauge is a technique we know to allow something to 'blend in' and 'hide' - allowing whatever is camoflauged to stay safe and hidden. The Camo Pod is designed as a way to camoflauge the scientists in the midst of the casino- hiding, safe from being noticed and at the same time observing and studying. The camo pod allows the casino as a place of study.
Instance convergence diagram
Instance convergence diagram
montage of instances
montage of instances
montage of instances
montage of instances

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