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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2008 (PC020404.07) ➔ Illuminating Liminal Space: Designing New Time and Scale Perception in the Ferryboat Terminal


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Merve Sila Karakaya (designer)
Derek Porter (thesis advisor)
Enrique Peiniger (thesis advisor)
Margaret Maile (thesis advisor)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)




The main goal of my thesis paper was to investigate the visual language of Tim Burton movies, focusing the role of the liminal space and threshold situations of the characters analyzed under the scope of cinematic lighting and filmic architecture. For my thesis project I have translated my thesis argument into an existing architectural site. I chose to design Battery Maritime Building which was built in 1909 and is located at the southern tip of Manhattan. This building serves as a ferryboat terminal from Manhattan to Governors Island. The sophisticated parallelism between the physical condition of this building and the journey component of Tim Burton movies is the key for the development of this thesis. The architectural and lighting interventions designed aims to create a sequence for the user experiencing the virtual transition between the two distinct visual characteristics of the New York City and the Governors Island.



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