Ostwald, Michael J.
CATEGORIES2014 Conference Papers Architecture & Environmental Sustainability
Computational fractal analysis provides a repeatable and re-liable method for determining the level of characteristic, or typical, visual complexity in the elevations of a building. The present paper describes and demonstrates an alternative application of fractal analy-sis using perspectival images. Conventionally, orthogonal views, such as plans and elevations, have been the only images used for this ap-proach to the measurement and analysis of architecture. However, a perspective image is a more realistic representation because it is closer to the way humans visually experience space and form. This paper de-scribes an application of computational fractal analysis to perspective views to analyse and measure the visual phenomenon of moving to-wards or through a building. This method is demonstrated by calculat-ing the characteristic complexity of a series of perspective images re-cording the process of approaching and entering Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.