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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2010, Article ID 865191, 13 pages
Research Article

Projecting Perspectives

1School of Architecture and Planning, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue N.E., Washington, DC 20064, USA
2971 Tilton Road, Valley Cottage, NY 10989, USA

Received 4 July 2010; Accepted 22 November 2010

Academic Editor: Sergio Preidikman

Copyright © 2010 Michael Sciarrillo and Scott Aker. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Creating a drawing which communicates a vision, and feeling, of a particular design is an important objective for an architect and engineer. Perspective drawing is considered one of the most valuable tools for communicating a design vision. While many methods have developed over time, the sequential process of the conventional perspective remains the same; to first begin with a completed floor plan, and then orthographically project the parts from the plan into a view of a one-, two-, or three-point perspective drawing. The resulting perspective view graphically presents ‘‘what’’ a space or building feels like based on the parts from a plan. In contrast, this paper explores the possibility of reversing the sequence of the conventional perspective methods seeking instead the question of ‘‘why’’ a view has feeling by projecting a measurable floor plan directly from within a perspective view.