Temporality Dimensions in Architecture: The intervention of time perception
What is the finish line of designing an architecture? If the role of an architect, typically, ends once the building is done, then it turns to the next designer, ’time’, who works for the rest of the building life span. Time adds another layer on a building. The dimension of time embedded in an architecture space from designing, construction and occupancy phases. The interaction and the movement of people in a particular moment make the space alive and unique while the construction takes time to grow the idea from drawing on pieces of paper to a building. The notion of time does not only exhibit within the people, but also the physical elements and the building itself. Time brings the space into a place with traces of memories. In the Eurocentric worldview, time is defined by linearity and future-orientation.1 It arises with the idea of a clock which has a fixed pace at a measurable rate. However, is time linear? Time perception is a subjective experience. It depends on many factors including cultural context. Within the framework of temporality dimension, this paper examines the role of architecture as an active spatial and cultural agent challenging the linearity of time perception. It consists of three parts according to scale level of investigation: material scale, architecture space scale, and urban scale investigation. In material scale investigation, the shift of rust in metal from corrosion to weathering perception is explored. The weathering steel is the evidence of the passage of time until the emerging of rust accelerating process. How do the weathered look and the rust disrupt the time perception? The next section moves to a bigger scale, an architectural space. The design project uses technology to challenge the linearity of time perception. While the enclosure leads the architectural space towards the permanent notion, the temporality of space inside is shaped by the movement of light and people. On the Urban scale level, the project mapped the moving pattern of scaffolding along Park Avenue in New York City and taking that as a moving temporal platform where the meeting point of public and private space takes place.
Cruvellier, Mark R.
Dogan, Timur Kamil
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis