Architecture and cinema

Architecture and cinema

How do we experience the city in a cinematic sense? Can our understanding of space and place be enhanced through film? Can zooms, montages, jump edits, storyboarding, scripting, establishing shots, pans, close-ups, framing, tracking shots, sequencing, depth of field, continuity and other aspects of film productively contaminate architectural design?
Can architectural students (and architects), use filmmaking as a tool for stimulating and redefining the design process?

Our question is: Can we begin to use film and filmmaking processes to guide the architectural process by better understanding how film directors have manipulated the medium and  the user, to create experiences in multi – dimensional space that have a lasting impact on our real world ?

Cinema, architecture, urban motion and filmmaking process

Because of their relationship to space, cinema is a representational art, while architecture is presentational.
Because of their relationship to time, cinema is a dynamic art while architecture is a static one.
Because of their relationship to action architecture regulates immediate action, while, cinema depicts action promoting mediated reaction.

Film and the architecture share a dimension of living, that is, the space of one’s lived experiences.
They are about lived space, and the fantasy of habitable places. They are both inhabited sites, and spaces for inhabitation, narrativized by motion.

Film and architecture

The language of cinema was born not out of static theatrical views but out of urban motions.

It is space which is both used and appropriated.
Being at the same time a space of consumption and a consumption of space, it is a user’s space.

Film and architecture, Blade runner movie

Cinema is an art of perception.
The sequence by which stories unfold hold true only by virtue of the experience of reality.
The sequence of cinema only seems to unfold a plot because its experience mimics that of the experience of space.
City and architecture unfold and identify space within the mind through the experiences of the body, while film unfolds and creates spaces through the mind.
Film, travel or not, does not build or create a pre-existing city or structure, but builds upon experience of.

Metropolis movie

Metropolis ia a German expressionist, epic, science fiction, silent film directed by Fritz Lang. Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia.

After seeing Metropolis in Madrid in 1927, Luis Bunuel’s critique culminated in a passionate plea for strong ties between film ad architecture: ‘now and forever the architect is going to replace the set designer. The movies will be a faithful translator of the architect’s boldest dreams.’’

The great beauty movie

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