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Intern Charrette 2019: Utilizing Perspective

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Each summer EUA provides an immersive experience for an all intern charette. Prior to the official “intern charrette,” the EUA leader gave an initial prompt with the intention of enabling the group to think creatively and “outside of the box.” Interns were given three topics to research: the use of perspective in early renaissance art, the technology of early cameras and early optics and perspective in architecture. Small groups broke off for more concentrated research and discussions on each topic.

On the day of the charrette, the group was given a prompt to create an installation on perspective in the built and natural environment. Revisiting previous research findings the group decided to focus on perspective and optics. Perspective creates an illusion that each audience or person experiences differently. Optics focuses more on what we as the creators want the audience to see. The group had a fun brainstorming session over lunch where they came up with some far-fetched design ideas like - walking through a maze or tunnel - as well as some realistic design ideas.

The team settled on the concept of an anamorphic model, which portrays a design on a 3-D surface where the design appears flat and can only be viewed as a specific image from a certain angle. The images the team set out to create were “perspective flowers.” Placing a natural image within the built environment, the flower hung from the ceiling where the sharp geometric patterned design of the flowers would be seen when standing on either end of the installation, while a seemingly purposeless organic form would be seen from all other angles composing the flowers. The idea was to bring nature into the interior through an installation that “forces” you to look at a natural element in a different way… a different perspective.

Colors were alternated between warm and cool to evoke different perspectives when standing at either end of the model. The hanging pieces were layered with the lightest of the fabric pieces on the outside, with the colors getting deeper as you look toward the center of the flower to create depth with shading – similar to how depth was created in renaissance art.

The final phase was explaining the design process and presenting to the entire firm. “It was a great experience for all of the interns to collaborate with each other and gain insight into each person’s perspective on every aspect of the charrette. Each intern was an important asset to the team and brought unique skills and strengths which helped us successfully complete this project.” said Katie Krugel, Marketing intern at EUA. The annual EUA intern charrette is intended to be a special opportunity that allows summer interns to showcase their strengths and further develop skills. With the goal that they can take what they learned from this experience and utilize it in future professions.

(Thank you to the EUA Interns of 2019: Katie Krugel, Emily Schuler, Noah Ensminger, Quinn Lyons, Sarah Zahn, Kaytlyn Vajgrt, Mitch Schulzetenberg, Jillian Afflerbach, Allison Loth, Paola Zarate, Julia Tennessen, Briana Tolksdorf, and Tom Trimbach)