Work

A scroll of useless screenshots.

Revit inadvertently condenses 500 years of visual depiction into six “visual styles”. These “styles” are stacked into toggle—a form of ubiquitous interface—at the bottom of each view. This toggle obscures almost all historical understanding of the mathematization of the world and how we perceive objects and their effects. The organization of these modes of visual depiction, from “wireframe” to “raytrace”, are enmeshed in the perception of shadows. Henry McGoodwin’s Architectural Shades and Shadows (1904) continued the cult of the line as the notational mechanism for calculating shadows and manifesting objects. The ease and speed with which these “visual styles” manifest the relationship between lines and shadows confuses many aspects of technical thinking in order to manifest more accurate representations of “reality”. The Revit work done in Arch 521 is looking for spaces of iterative and contemplative thought defined by the increased speed of the medium.