Dace A. Campbell
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Architecture
University of Washington
Approved by Doug Zuberbuhler,
Chairperson of Supervisory Committee
to Offer Degree: Architecture
Date: 15 March 1996
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Date: 15 March 1996
Design in Virtual Environments Using Architectural Metaphor
A HIT Lab Gallery
by Dace A. Campbell
Chairperson of Supervisory Committee: Professor Doug Zuberbuhler,
Department of Architecture
This thesis explores the application and limitations of architectural metaphor in the design of virtual environments. Architecture, whether physical or virtual, is the expression of a society realized as meaningful space. Physical and virtual architecture have their own constraints and context, yet both use architectural organization as a way to order forms and spaces in the environment. Both strive to create meaningful place by defining space, and both must allow the participant to develop a cognitive map to orient and navigate in the space. The lack of physics of time and space in the virtual realm requires special attention and expression of its architecture in order for the participant to cope with transitions. These issues are exemplified by the development of an on-line gallery of virtual environments. Conclusions reached by the development of this design are discussed in the context of orientation, navigation, transition, enclosure, and scale.
List of Figures
Chapter I: Background
The author wishes to express sincere appreciation to Professor James Davidson for his assistance and insight throughout the development of this project. In addition, special thanks to committee members Dr. Thomas Furness III and Professor Brian Johnson, and advisors Toni Emerson, Professor Diane Gromala, and Dr. Maxwell Wells. Thanks also to the staff, students, and volunteers at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory for their support and patience.