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Title Immersed in Display: Blurring Boundaries in Architecture
Publication Date
Degree M. Arch.
Discipline/Department Design, Architecture, Art and Planning: Architecture
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher University of Cincinnati
Abstract Participatory modes of spectatorship have recently become increasingly popular in our society. Whether in user-generated media or interactive performances, people are constantly invited to take part in what surrounds them. Although this shift from a spectator to a spectator-participant has recently boomed in media and the entertainment industry, it is a concept that has frequently been explored in other contexts. For centuries artists, architects, and curators have invited spectators to enter the mise-en-scene, the scene of action, to offer insider's perspective of the world we live in. These immersive works, which pull the spectator into the image by blurring boundaries between the real world of the spectator and the virtual world of the image, turn spectators into participants of a virtual reality. This thesis explores the implications of the immersive view in the context of a zoo, a virtual representation of nature. It examines the current application of landscape immersion at the Cincinnati Zoo and uses this knowledge to investigate how architecture is able to immerse visitors to not only bring them closer to the natural world, but also to display them as part of it. The project presents an architecture that is a projection of its environment, a materialization of an image. It explores what architecture would be like if it were a constructed landscape.
Subjects/Keywords Architecture; immersion; landscape immersion; Cincinnati zoo; projection of image; blur boundaries; spectator-participant
Contributors McInturf, Michael (Committee Chair)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:ucin1367944969
Repository ohiolink
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-10-19
Grantor University of Cincinnati

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