A tool was made for measuring the site that measured a series of dimensions radiating from one point. These notations were transformed into orthographic drawings, which gave birth to an important discovery about the site, which dealt with a section of maximum and minimum elevation, and a section of nearly flat elevation, both 60 degrees from one another. These became the two main axes, that of the cardinal axis, and the other the topological axis.
This discovery eventually led to the development of a program, which revolved around the idea of two opposing or contradictory programs having to co-exist with one another. The photographer, in his private studio, enters his house through the cardinal axis, then shifts to live and work within the topological axis. The artist, while working, is on display to the gallery, which is accessed from the topological axis, then shifts to the cardinal axis. The two never physically interact but constantly envelope one another spatially.
Second Year Design Studio, with Professors Kevin Bone and Michael Young.
Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
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