Donkey Kong

Harvard Graduate School of Design        Completed in 2003

Orthographic projections are the fundamental representational techniques that translate three dimensional space into a two dimensional plane, most commonly appearing as plans or sections. In reading a plan or section, an architect needs at least two or more 2d projections that when combined suggest and construct a space; which regardless of any aesthetic sensibilities and material detail installs a base level of use, occupancy and circulation (if not experience). 

In Donkey Kong we have just one projection (a section) and through the game play and glitches an understanding of use. Therefore, through a reversal of these two elements, we can reconstruct a possible if unexpected 3d space for Mario, his nemesis and Pauline.  

Originally executed as “Up up down down left right left A BB A” at Harvard’s GSD in 2003. Awarded the James Templeton Thesis Prize.  




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