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    Master's Thesis: Visual Perception through the Diffusion of Light

    Megan Basnak
    Apr 1, '13 8:44 PM EST

    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
    Timothy Ung
    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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