Imagine going to an exhibition and being able to explore it without physically wandering around. All you have to do is sit in front of a screen and allow the projects exhibited to come in front of you – an idea brought to life by the students of Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design, UK, for the final 5th year undergraduate project. The name? Striptease.
“Striptease” was the final exhibition of 5th year undergraduate architectural thesis projects produced by the 2014-2015 Jackson Studio, and featured 18 projects that were each a unique critical inquiry into new possibilities for architecture. These thesis projects were the result of a year of intensive research and design work, and represented a wide range of ambitious proposals that demonstrate the potential for architecture to meaningfully intervene within the world, and to create powerful new experiences.”
The concept of the exhibition is to allow the user to experience the ideas presented at his own time and pace, with as much details as he wants, at a desired speed. The students built a friendly user interface for Striptease, which allows the visitors to interact with the presentations, to scale, resize, zoom in or out, or ask for more content of a certain piece, if they are interested in it. You can simply “strip” a project of its “coat”, and look at it from any angle you want to.
Instead of going from piece to piece, as you would normally do, this approach offers a variety of exploring options, tailored for every person in particular. The commands are being sent by leap motion 3D controllers, on a wide circular screen that is divided into several parts, every one of which with it’s own “button”. It is an excellent idea to show a product, either a design or an art project, and especially an architectural one, because you can simply target everyone at the same time, with no need to focus on a specific person.
By Cristina Juc