Kaleidoscope-Periscope in Biltmore Park

By Dongyue Zhang | Oct 21, 2015

IMG_2804-e1443993641590-660x880

The Kaleidoscope-Periscope is an inhabitable viewfinder designed and fabricated by Tom Beresford, Lisa LaCharite-Lostritto and department faculty member Carl Lostritto with assistance by M.Arch Graduate Assistant Feiyi Bie.

The entrant leaves the wold of the city only to encounter a heightened though distorted view of that world mixed with fragments of their own image. The mirrored, faceted steel surfaces and the conical shell structure create a rigid kaleidoscope that produces patterns reflected from Biltmore Park’s tree canopy and the city skyline beyond. The form allows the mirrors to also collectively function as a periscope; viewers effectively see around the vertical corner of the structure. From the exterior, it is perceived both as a beacon among the trees from certain angles and as a chameleon from other angles, blending into its surroundings.

Surrounded by dense city blocks and city traffic, Biltmore park is protected and contained by layers of trees, pedestrian paths, public seating, an ice skating rink and commercial kiosks. The periphery of trees that contains the park provides a viewport beyond the tree canopies to the city heights–the Superman Building, City Hall and Union Station.

To see more of the Kaleidoscope-Periscope project follow @PVDDesignCoop and check #PopUpPVD (twitter and instagram) and #viewFinderPVD (twitter and instagram)

PopUp Providence is an award-winning, urban place- making program that introduces interactive, artistic and cultural displays and interventions throughout the City’s 25 neighborhoods. The program supports quick, temporary and inexpensive interventions that engage residents, workers and visitors of all ages, and enliven the city. The Providence Redevelopment Agency dedicated $150,000 for the program in October 2013, in the amount of $50,000/year, for a period three years (2013-2015).

IMG_2806

Biltmore_Park_Installation_04

Biltmore_Park_Installation_06

biltmore_hotel

IMG_0058

DSC00352

DSC00378

DSC00363

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

Featured on RISD.EDU

  • AIAS presents BEAUX ARTS 2017 – MASKED BALL read more...
  • Designing a School for the Arts The idea of launching an arts high school affiliated with RISD has been in the air for decades, so when Architecture Professor Jim Barnes (BArch 69) was thinking about a theme for his advanced fall studio, he decided to resurrect it. read more...
  • Exploring Sound + Space at the RISD Museum A hush falls over the audience seated in the center of the RISD Museum’s Grand Gallery as multimedia performance piece Galapagos in C gets underway. Two Architecture students silently enter as mimes, gaze at a large 18th-century family portrait by Jacques-Luc Barbier-Walbonne and then strike a pose mimicking the subjects in the painting. read more...
  • Design Like a Girl “I hope that this class has encouraged students to be curious – to constantly question the built environment around them,” said Architecture grad student Rebecca McGee MArch 16 on Wednesday. As this year’s grad student faculty leader, she welcomed friends and family to a celebration of an ongoing partnership between RISD and Lincoln School, read more...
  • Ideas Born on Paper Architecture Professor Christopher Bardt BArch 83 has a longstanding personal connection to the work included in Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, an exhibition on view at the RISD Museum through August 2. Sharing his impressions while walking through the show, he stops at a delicate graphite, ink wash and colored pencil drawing by British architect Michael Webb... read more...