Scanning and the Coordinated Surface

Spring 2015, Thesis
Michael Meredith, Lucia Allais

To the Point is a project in four parts: TimeFrustumStitchColor
with four sets of Initial Experiments: Time LapseColor SpaceScan Perspective
and a Declaration.

Buildings are increasingly being seen, documented, and visualized by scanners more than they are by people, and yet Architecture has been resistant to incorporate scanning into aesthetic discourse, reserving it for the professional and technical spheres of preservation, infrastructural surveys, and BIM. This seems like an oversight because scanning alludes to almost every existing mode of architectural representation—projective geometry, perspective, photography, etc.—and collapses them into a single paradigm. I’m proposing that there is a way to understand scanning as something more than a representational device—that the act of scanning in addition to its post-processing can be thought of as a form of fabrication.