Paul Loh

“Design Methodologies: Experiments in Visualization”

Researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia, reconstructed Giovanni Piranesi's Le Carceri d'invenzione (more commonly known as The Imaginary Prisons) as an immersive Virtual Reality environment to reveal previously unseen spaces. Here, virtual technology reconstructs a fictional and seemingly impossible environment with multiple and exaggerated perspectives. The project sparks further experiments in Visualization to question how virtual technologies allow us to look beyond the tool as narrative makers towards uncovering new spatial practice. In this presentation, Dr Paul Loh explores the boundary of storytelling and how research projects using VR and phygital environment can uncover emerging methodologies in Visualization.

Dr Paul Loh is a Senior Lecturer and co-director of the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADD+F) research hub at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. He studied architecture at the University of Melbourne, the University of East London (UEL), and the Architectural Association (Design Research Lab). He gained his doctorate at RMIT University with a dissertation on Digital Material Practice: the Agency of Making. Paul previously taught at UEL and the AA and had lectured in Sweden, China, and the UK. His research focuses on the cognitive engagement of spatial, material and narrative making through digital media from robotics to virtual reality. He is also a practising architect and founding partner of LLDS | Power to Make – a Design and Make practice based in Melbourne, Australia.