Gaze Machines of Field

By Ayse Zeynep Aydemir and Bihter Almaç.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 22, 2016 $US5.00

This article discusses a design, production, and representation task of a three-week period practised by first year, undergraduate, architectural design students. The task “Gaze Machines of Field” introduced three steps: the field, the gaze, and the machine, respectively. The main concern of the design task was to explore the potentiality of the view, the focus and the tool of intervention, and to produce new landscapes and scopes among them in collaboration with other studio participants. The first step of the task was the field, which was a physical, topological, existential, intuitional, and instrumental investigation of the studied area. The second step was the gaze, which involved building the context and all the necessary and possible interconnections and interpenetrations between the subject, the design object and the field. The third step was the machine, which requires and involves the design and the production of the one-to-one scale gazing machines. Machines were placed in the field and exhibited for several weeks. After all these steps, students were asked to prepare a section of the project including the view, the viewer, the machine, the field and the transformation of the viewer and the view during their interactions with the machine. The research aims to discover and discuss the expansion and the transformation of a design problem and its outputs by putting the body into an equation through an analysis of the gaze.

Keywords: Visual Analogy, Gaze, Field, Situation Design, Design Education

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.21-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 22, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1001.973KB)).

Ayse Zeynep Aydemir

Research Assistant, Department of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Bihter Almaç

Research Assistant, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey