Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky. Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal p ‘Transparency,’ ‘space-time,’ ‘simultane- ity,’ ‘interpenetration. Two Modes of Transparency: Literal & Phenomenal. The key aspect to Rowe and Slutzky’s seminal essay on Transparency: Literal & Phenomenal, is the .. Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky in their essay ‘Transparency: Literal. ‘tltlder the tille “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal”. The significance of this lematic of Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky’s co-authored writings under the title.

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Below are two paintings that demonstrate these notions of transparency. The subject in the trsnsparency engages in a theatrical voyeuristic gaze passing through the framed spaces.

Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal

Plummer in his description of pulverized light mentions. Hence, phenomenal or conceptual transparency is achieved, following what Rowe and Slutzky mentioned with regards to the notion of stratificationthat is, the sequential layering of frontal planes and spaces. Try and read the following paragraph: A doubling of transparency, both literal and phenomenal, perceived and interpreted.

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Furthermore, the literally transparent is best viewed at an oblique angle hence the diagonal, two point perspective of the photograph in order to define space in a more complex way. Perceptual transparency is a transparency of lookingas the transparent conditions arise due to an overlapping of material or substance, whereas Conceptual transparency is a transparency of readingphenomenaal engaging the mind of the viewer or reader, in order to interpret and understand successive layered spaces as modes of transparent phenomena.

Transparency is connection and continuity ; it is a dialectic between revealing and concealing, as well as between seeing and reading. Translucency can be defined as the condition existing within the continuum between opacity and transparency, between the two polarities of obscurity and clarity, between solid and void.


Email Twitter Facebook Pinterest. The figures are endowed with transparency: Indirect daylighting explores the articulation of the formlessness of light.

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With this set of evidence, Rowe sets out his basic tenets that define transparency:. I think an easy way to understand phenomenal transparency and the implication that it suggests an end result or ligeral is the comparison to a Cambridge University study on how we read and interpret written language.

Light is captured by the indirect lighting mechanisms, whether they are carved voids, fingers of light, or channeled networks, and is transported yet transformed as the illumination gets redelivered into the interior space. Filtering and diffusing light through perforous patterned screens or facades, creating a myriad of patterned shadow effects as the sun changes its position during the course of a day.

The painting depicts spatial ambiguities ; a property of transparency, due to an illusion of deep yet shallow space; a fluctuation of back and forth movement of objects and planes advancing and receding simultaneously. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

These transparent planes, objects, or surfaces interpenetrate each other. With this set of evidence, Rowe sets out his basic tenets that define transparency: The flow of light is conducted through daylit voids, cavities, and porous masses, while distributing yet moulding the illumination as it hits the surface Plummer, Transparency means a simultaneous perception of different spatial locations.

Having the property of transmitting light without scattering to that the objects lying beyond and behind are seen clearly; allowing passage of a specified form of radiation; fine or sheet enough phdnomenal be seen through-diaphanous.

For me, there is no ground floor, first floor etc…. Transparency is a condition of passing or seeing through.

The diagonality is important, as the arrows in both the plan and section refer to the same view, that is, both arrows are in effect the same, as they both denote the same sequence of framed vistas.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Light can be explored to enhance form, make form more pronounced, or alternatively, light can be manipulated to dematerialize form, eat away at the geometry, and make form less distinct.

This other type of seeming or implied transparencythat is an interpretive transparency, or an interpretive mode of seeing-through, can be distinguished. Le Corbusier breaks up the face of his villa by adding and subtracting, opaquing and opening up his surfaces in an irregular way that adds depth to his volume. The fluctuation or oscillating planes or layers produces an ambiguity of spatial depth in its simultaneity of vision or perception of multiple or overlapping planes and readings.

Transparency may be an inherent quality of substance -as in a wire mesh or glass curtain wall, or it may be an inherent quality of organization -as both Kepes and, to a lesser degree, Moholy suggest it to be; and one might, for this reason, distinguish between a real or literal and a phenomenal or seeming transparency. Mesh screens or other finely patterned porous facades have the capability to disintegrate objects into light and air. By breaking up and mixing spacial planes, designers are able to complicate the notion of physical space and do not need to rely on transparent materials to reveal the volume hidden behind a fasade.