Posted by Paul Malo on June 02, 2002 at 18:34:45:
In Reply to: thesis topic posted by ARAVIND VENKATRANGAN on June 02, 2002 at 10:30:53:
You'll have to define "illusion" carefully, lest your scope expand to cover every formal effect. Sullivan, for instance, applied fake vertical stripes to his tall buildings to make them appear taller. Is this an "illusion" of the sort you wish to consider? Similarly, Mies did not express the real structural grid of the Seagram building, but hid the actual columns behind a facade of apparent structure--purely decorative steel "columns". "Illusion?" I suppose so. But there have been even more theatricat sorts of illusions devised by architects. The Renaissance discovery of perspective led to illusionistic painting (sometimes integrated as murals or exploited for theater sets). The Baroque era became even more theatrical. You'll need to review the standard historical surveys for these periods, for works in places such as Bavaria and Spain.
Renaissance painters used not merely geometric (plotted) perspective, but "aerial perspective"--another set of principles employed by architects and landscape architects as well to increase the illusion of three-dimensional depth.
It's not clear whether this is to be a written or drawn thesis (whether you are going to report on research or to design something--or both).