PAC - MAN: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Start

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 PAC-MAN we have just one projection (a plan) 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 the famous yellow dot and colorful ghosts. 

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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