Parsons

Student Work

  • Interior Design (MFA)

    Jamie McGlinchey

    Perception Paradox, a study of time + place

    Within Earth's orbit, a mere 248 miles above the planet's surface, is the International Space Station. This habitat, which exists in constant motion at a speed of 17,150 miles per hour, is the apotheosis of our inquiry, exploration and desire to move at increasing velocity. A body inside the International Space Station will orbit the Earth once every 90 minutes and will experience the sunrise 16 times every 24 hours. We were all born with a fundamental urge to inquire, one that ignites our desire to explore. This work considers inquiry as a physical manifestation, one that sets our bodies in motion. At a time when transit technology is evolving faster than the physiology of our bodies, it is critical for design to consider and bridge technological and physiological evolution by developing interior space to support the trajectory of exploration and travel. The development of trains, automobiles, aviation and spacecraft occurred within two hundred years, a relatively short span in the context of human history. This study is aimed at addressing the potential impact of design on our body's adaptation in perceiving time and place and asks the question, How do we design for bodies in motion? Our fundamental urge to inquire will not cease, and we will continue to explore at increasing velocities. Our bodies need place to reset their internal time and recalibrate with their natural rhythm. Therefore, interior design has the responsibility to provide recalibration in our ever-evolving perception of time and place.
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