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The Aronoff Center for Design and Art at the University of Cincinnati simulating reality /

by Chitwood, Heather.

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The intention of this project is to create a virtual, 3-Dimensional environment representative of Peter Eisenman’s Aronoff Center for Art and Design, which houses the Colleges of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Architectural drawings and photographs of the building cannot describe the space of the building. Rather, they can only depict the building’s form. A 3D model of the building would be useful in that it could convey more depth to the viewer. The final multimedia piece will be used to introduce prospective and new students to the building’s layout, provide a detailed overview of the building and the theories behind its creation, and allow people who do not live in Cincinnati to experience some aspects of the building’s form. According to Eisenman, architecture has left the “mechanical paradigm” of physical structure for the “electronic paradigm” of the information superhighway and the “virtual reality headset. Virtual reality is a new possibility for reality,” he says. “Actual places” will be supplanted by a “place of communication.”1 This project hopes to achieve some similarities to virtual reality, or the feeling of emotionally being somewhere while not physically being there. 1 Slatin, Peter. “Virtual Places.” ARTnews (Apr 1994): 27. The scope of the project involves the determination of the target audience, evaluating the communications objectives, gathering preliminary data on Peter Eisenman and the Aronoff Center, and assessing the delivery environment. In the case of this project, the target audience will be anyone with an interest in Peter Eisenman’s architecture. This includes, but is not limited to, current and prospective students in the study of architecture, as well as professors in architecture who may never have seen the Aronoff Center in person. The target audience will also include current and prospective students in the college of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning who would like to learn more about the building. This paper presents the background information about the architect and the building itself, and evaluates different methods of 3D-modeling and the incorporation of that model into multimedia format.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

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