Yesterday, I spoke on “Designing for Interaction” in the Urban Design Studio that Kaja Kuehl is coordinating this summer. The quicktime above is without any of my commentary so it may be a bit cryptic. The gist of the talk is that our surroundings can be understood as an intricate system of information. As designers we can have an impact on how people understand their surroundings. For example, subtle visual cues such as color and typography can help to find the right gate at an airport. The example I used in the video is in Madrid. The second part of the talk showcases four of our projects in which we designed how people experience information in a physical environment. The first two projects are exhibitions. One at Van Alen Institute and one at the Architectural League. Both of those are a few years old. The third project is a permanent installation in the Maria Mitchell Observatory at Vassar College. It is essentially wallpaper that completely envelops the entrance space with a large image. The closer you get to the image the less detail you can perceive. The last project is an installation at Rockefeller University acknowledging the Nobel and Lasker Prize winners this institution has produced over the decades.
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