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Perception of the Sky

 

The Understanding of Spaces

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN GRADUATE THESIS 2016

[ LOCATION ] WASHINGTON, D.C. / PROVIDENCE, RI

[ INSTRUCTOR ] SUZANNE MATHEW

The goal of the thesis is to develop methods for generating a theory which hypothesizes a relationship between the perception of the sky and the understanding of space. This thesis breaks into three phases, which will investigate walking within a cityscape and its relationships with sky and space through ways of mapping and modeling techniques. The first phase starts with case studies to distill the meaning of key words, and understand the relationships between the elements in the thesis topic. Phase 2 starts to develop methods to understand how atmospheric elements affect visual awareness. According to the conclusions from phase 1 and 2, phase 3 generates a hypothesis about walking and its relationships with the sky and space. 

 

By taking on this investigation, this thesis tries to understand visual perception in relation to the sky and the landscape. Landscape, with its infinite boundary of the sky, inspires people’s emotional awareness and further affects thinking and behavior. Walking, as part of ordinary life, is a way we experience the landscape. By linking the experience of walking and the perception of the sky, the thesis could be a cornerstone of a theory which proposes our perceptual possibilities could go beyond the normal perspective to reread the environment by using landscape elements to facilitate the experience.