Architectural Studies
Ted Goranson

Our research in expanded logic [More] has led us to parallel research in advanced user interfaces to convey the new concepts we use. We see these new interfaces as a sort of virtual environment because in general everything in the system has a real world analogue. Consequently, between 1972 and 82, we conducted some experiments in representational form as built space. These experiments were based on the notion that form profoundly affects attitude; we wanted to know which enclosing forms produced what effect -—- and what states of mind “bent” the perception of form and how.

These projects were quite successful. Some of them can be seen [Here]. Projects focused on flows in one, two and three dimensions.

Subsequently, we have been working in virtual spaces [More], radical user interfaces that have an analogue in built space. The lessons learned from the physical work directly informs the virtual work. A study in stained glass [now removed], both in architectural and iconic terms supplements this work on environmental form. 

In parallel and on a much more personal level, we also have been working on form in objects. The distinction between objects and environments mirrors the two logics in topoiesis [More], which has facts and situations. The study of form in objects involves carving sculptures [More]. These objects may inform the kunji [More] and kutachi [More] projects.

These projects (laws of form in physical environments and objects) together led to the work on the periodic vortex wind generator [More] which can be seen as sculpting with air. A sibling project not shown here (but noted in the topoiesis document [now removed] concerned reasoning with light.