This is the first in a series of posts highlighting thesis projects that are being completed by University at Buffalo Master of Architecture students.
Visual Perception through the Diffusion of Light
M. Arch. Thesis
University at Buffalo
School of Architecture and Planning
Committee: Kenneth MacKay, Beth Tauke, and Jean Lamarche
Human perception of the visual world is limited through the homogeneity of design
and the standardization of materials. After constructing a lighting apparatus made of
steel and thousands of transparent thread, a small amount of light will be directed
onto the apparatus and reflected and refracted multiple times, spreading light over
a large area. However, visual perception of the light reflecting and refracting through
the apparatus will change according to an observer’s location in relation to the
apparatus. Ultimately, the goal of this thesis is to engage one’s perception of the
visual world using properties of transparent materials to maximize the diffusion of
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