Expanding Space in the Mind

I have been exploring the process of reconfiguring landscape to get a multivalent view of space, looking at ways to break down limitations and expand out of boundaries. I believe our perception of space to be dominantly visual (more than audial, and tactile combined), which may lead one to propose that we can visually alter existing spaces without reconstructing them completely.

We address urban space often by looking where we can go next: below the surface, higher up in the sky, and horizontal expansion. I think the experience of our space is very important, and needs more consideration when we try to increase urban density in a pleasant way. Visually, we can employ methods that can suggest convincingly larger open areas and a more fluid structure/space relationship. Instead of knocking down walls, an informed utilization of color choices, orientation of walls, curvature, perforation, transparency, and modularity (ultimately) can offer a pleasant illusion of expanding space.

Finally, the idea of willfully tricking ourselves is very relevant in our spectacle based aesthetic economy. I argue that the mind that can identify the fa├žade and still allow oneself to succumb to its pleasantries, is the mind most suitably adaptatable in our current society, one that plays as a double-mind. It is an awareness of our purposeful desire to create visually pleasing worlds even though totally manufactured, the goal being to provide the most pleasant experience we can make ...