Objects in Mirror Are

Closer Than They Appear

Brian Sandford

Project Type: Graduate Thesis

Architecture and the built environment have immense power over how urban citizens perceive the social and cultural connections they hold with others in public space. Installation-scaled architecture can work to highlight and strengthen these connections on a much faster timeline than standard construction, and with a much greater focs on user interaction. To make up for some of the weaknesses this smaller scale brings, installations can use mirrors as a medium to create unique spatial conditions.

These conditions are rbought into existence when a user looks into a mirror, and they take a view of the real, physical world and make it unreal. Within this unreal space, standard conventions of orientation and hierarchy do not apply, and suggest a breakdown in common social barriers as well.

This thesis sought to delve into this unreal space, primarily through construction a series of installation-scaled pieces of architecture.