Spatial Design and the iPhone

By: Sheryl Kasak  

Through a series of studio projects this paper discusses how the moving image and film editing vocabulary and technique can be used as resources for understanding light, sound and time in the design process. The iPhone has allowed for the constant presence of video in our daily lives. Capturing information as still or moving images; what format to shoot in; standard rectangular, time lapse, slow mo[tion], video, square or pano[ramic] format has become an innate activity. Our framed view becomes objective as the device determines the image boundaries. This familiarity with the smart phone as both a mediator and conveyor of experience combined with the predication of how we place ourselves with[in] space might allow us to utilize these devices as design tools. In studio, students analyzed films including Blade Runner. The character Deckard uses an "Esper" machine to navigate a 2d image 3 dimensionally, enabling the viewer to inhabit the photographic space and understand the spatiality and relationships of elements within the room through a perceived occupancy including light and reflection. This scene is an important reference as it allows navigation through a filmic image while using calibrated coordinates, reinforcing the importance of data collection as a design tool. Film/video has proven to be a relevant tool for students as they formulate their ideas about space into something experiential and not representational. The results are progressive and sometimes unconventional, but speak to the vital relationship between the phenomenological and the spatial when designing environments for occupancy.

Smartphone Video Education
Ubiquitous Learning
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Sheryl Kasak

Adjunct Associate Professor, CCE, Department of Interior Design, Pratt Institute

Sheryl Kasak is the founder of Interim Design, an architectural, interior design and research practice based on her undergraduate thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design, "An Interim Architecture" which addressed the 15-Year War in Lebanon and the promised redevelopment of the Beirut city center. Her practice and research continue to focus on investigations based upon the communication of information through developing and everyday technologies, spatial design, and the notion that we are all living in an interim state, one which is constantly evolving and reacting to our surroundings and our actions. Sheryl is currently working on research and project proposals which engage our relationship to, and need for both technology and the extreme absence of technology. Kasak delights in the call to collaborate with colleagues from RISD and GSAPP, most recently, Thomas Beckman, Poonam Khanna and Cary Paik. Sheryl has represented Atelier Christian de Portzamparc [for US projects] and has worked for I.M. Pei and Rafael Vigñoly; she held the winning entry for the international theoretical competition, Unbuilt Architecture with her Lightninghouse design in 1994, has been published several times in Abstract and most recently in RIDE [risk dare experiement] :ON by Pratt Institute. Sheryl was awarded a CIDA Innovation in Interior Design Merit Award and has been selected to present her research and academic pedagogy at National and International conferences. A committed and passionate educator, Sheryl is an adjunct associate professpr at Pratt Institute in the Department of Interior Design where she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level, and an adjunct assistant professor at COlumbia University GSAPP, where she teaches introduction to Architecture Design Studio at the graduate level.