Leaky LA
Speculative AI streetscapes in Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

VR experience + GIF

SCI-Arc Design Theory and Pedagogy Edge Symposium, Los Angeles
Online Journal, Offramp Issue 15 “Stuff”
This design project bathes in exuberant aesthetics of the strangely beautiful. It explores leakiness in architecture. Leakiness happens when a realm of representation slips into another realm, such as when rococo’s aesthetics drips into realism. The design tweaks these multiple representations of spaces, and collapses them into a leaky whole using image style transfer AI. These environments are visualized through personalized VR apps.

This corner designed with machine and human vision, exists in an immersive space. Different types of representations overlap. There are point clouds, 3D scanned meshes, 2D spherical photographs, and real footage. The aesthetic bleeds onto the sidewalk making it part of the building. The result is an instance of leaking between the digital and the physical world.