A conversion of the isovist-agent software into c++ has led to a number of performance improvements. As a result new complexities of isovist analysis can be calculated and recorded in realtime. This includes reflection and projection of spatial depth; ie mirror and glazing surfaces, as well as barriers and mobile elements. A plan of the Soane Museum in London is being used as a test analysis for the system. These images illustrate different ‘spectral’ recordings of the spatial depths perceived […]
Latest test outputs from an ongoing piece of research. The spectral chart produced shows the accumulative isovist mapping of autonomous spatial agents progressing in real-time through the archaeological plan of the ancient Cretan palace of Malia. Other record formats are also demonstrated. Each agents is capable of recognising the characteristics of its neighbours (displayed as modulated colours of isovist) and reacting to them. Social behaviours of seeking, following and fleeing contact are apparent as the agents collectively explore the palace […]
Study of multiple generations of autonomous spatial agents progressing through a real-time reconfiguring maze-matrix. ‘Doors’ in this opened or closed depending on maze-inherent desires over occupation levels. Those that tended towards closure are illustrated as ‘walls’. Dependent on the desire sets exhibited by the maze, different ‘wall’ structures were observed. These can be related back to archetypal plan forms, suggesting an emergent occupational basis for common architectural devices.
Study of an autonomous spatial agent progressing through a real-time reconfiguring maze-matrix. Agent behaviours changed in response to modulation of individual spatial ‘desires’ and the ‘discovered’ or observed changing environment. Dependent on variation and combination of desire sets, different movement typologies can be categorised; these have a direct relation back to ancient labyrinth form elements. An emergent, emotive root for the occupation and understanding of spatialities is implied.
Drawings which iteratively explore common simple labyrinth forms; overlaying each to illustrate how one type might be switched or folded into another. This process subjects the delicate ‘coherence’ of the recognisable labyrinth symbols to fragmentation, generating potentially ‘switching’ or momentarily incoherent maze conditions.
A large installation constructed in a warehouse near Euston, London, in 2009, ‘The Switching Labyrinth’ provided a framework for two weeks of real-time interactive experimentation and observation. 250 metres of black curtains constructed a wrapping of pathways around a central ‘room’, where sliding curtain ‘doors’ periodically shifted, ‘switching’ openings to offer alternative entrance and exits. As an occupant navigated and learnt about the installation, it too observed them, learing about how it was explored and unilaterally modulating its entangling paths […]
Much of the work for an installation focusses on how to construct it; metaphorically but also literally. This habitually hidden process deserves documentation as much as anything else; Architecture is, after all, often about delivery. This gallery shows some of the design drawings, prototyping and mass construction processes of the framework and intelligent acutation mechanisms for ‘The Switching Labyrinth’ installation. (See here for the completed project)