Matos and Portorreal (Browns Presentation)

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Irina Matos and Amaory Portorreal present their Browns Fellowships_

On Wednesday March 1 at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, B.Arch students Irina Matos and Amaory Portorreal will present the results of their recent Browns Travel Fellowship. This event will complement the exhibition in Room #201 (from Monday February 27 to Friday March 03).

Irina Matos: Nørdic, Multiscalar Scandinavian Design.

Irina focused her investigations at products, interiors, and architecture, seeking to capture what it means to be Nordic. She considers Scandinavian design as … “characterized by minimalism, functionalism, and the idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should be affordable to all. The research explores how design at every scale is necessary to properly enrich people’s lives.”

Amaory Portorreal: Virtual Atmospheres, Observing the Atmospheric Architecture of Peter Zumthor through the Power of Virtual Reality.

Amaory describes is fellowship as “researching and understanding the way Peter Zumthor designs atmosphere and his ability to evoke emotion through his work. Using body sensing technology I recorded my vitals while experiencing his architecture. Using a 360 camera and a Virtual Reality headset I am aiming to utilize certain aspects of his designs using materials and space and try to see if I can evoke the same emotions out of the user. The purpose of this is to see the impact Virtual Reality has in the realm of architectural design especially in academia where the work never gets constructed on a full scale.”

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