Georges Perec’s Paris text An Attempt at Exhausting a Space in Paris— a sequence of precise observations description about seemingly minor but deeply significant events in urban space — delineates how to frame and filter the experience of the New York Site: Orchard Street between Delancey and Broome Street.
A photo collage of Orchard Street and its reflective material types, ordered from top to bottom referring to the subjects height placement on Orchard Street .
The diagram was created to thematize the experience of light reflection in Orchard Street and produced a visual documentation of the types of light reflections.
A wearable prosthetic modified from a white oxford shirt to control the wearer’s vision of reflected light when worn in Orchard street.
A study of the individual torchère types and their reflections in the Plalais Garnier's atrium as well as the torchères relationships to one another, was analyzed to determine the open spaces of the program where light was darkest and needed room for reflection to become lighter. The flux and luminosity of each torchère was calculated in order to prescribe an exact size to the openings. Situated above the built layers, space near the ceiling is the cafe. It uses the tops of the layers below as a floor and the skylight as its source of natural lighting.
Diagram of lighting, shadow and reflection of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse’s torchères. Cross section down exactly the center of the atrium
The Lobmeyer crystal chandelier in Lincoln Center's was used as the hypothetical point of the Big Bang, to determine the direction and projection of light onto surrounding buildings. The angular measurement of the reflections of light off these facades form lines of angular motion. The distance of the reflection equals the intensity of the chandeliers light in lumens and stops at the point when the flux is no longer visible to the human eye. The end points of these lines are connected by inverting parabolas that extended left right and up from the point of reflection. These forms are hollow spaces that interdigitate within and around one another.
Diagram of light traveling from the central chandelier in Lincoln center to surrounding building facades and its refracted angle
The process of light hitting the Flat Iron’s facade and its reflection was studied in order to create a screen that curates the views of the city from inside and outside the display space. The screen is three sided like the Flat Iron and mirrors itself like an infinity mirror at equilateral angles. The light reflection off of the facade transliterates into complex conjugate patterns based on the Flat Iron’s facade acting as a idealized mirror.
The reflection of sun, in lumens, off the eastern facade of the Flat Iron Building. The left side of the diagram maps of the average intensity of reflection during that time of dat. On the right is the calculated complex conjugate series determined by the averages from the right.
Diagram of man peeled apart from the top of his head to the center of the inside of his neck, with neighboring points connected together from with a thread from one peel to the next peel. The thread begins at the point on the turban garment which has the highest luminosity and finishes at the point on the garment which has the lowest overall luminosity.