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Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination

1st Edition

By Renée Tobe


216 pages

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Films use architecture as visual shorthand to tell viewers everything they need to know about the characters in a short amount of time. Illustrated by a diverse range of films from different eras and cultures, this book investigates the reciprocity between film and architecture. Using a phenomenological approach, it describes how we, the viewers, can learn how to read architecture and design in film in order to see the many inherent messages. Architecture’s representational capacity contributes to the plausibility or 'reality' possible in film. The book provides an ontological understanding that clarifies and stabilizes the reciprocity of the actual world and a filmic world of illusion and human imagination, thereby shedding light on both film and architecture.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. German Expressionist Film and Heidegger’s fourfold, 2. French Moderne, Modernist Noir, and Moderns as Masters of Reinvention, 3. The Domestic Front; Hollywood and Postwar Cinema, 4. Swinging Time in London, 5. Positioning Women in Time and Space, 6. Modernist Utopia; The Spirit of the Future, 7. Not Thinking but Questioning; Terence Malick’s Expressions of World and Ground, 8. Speeding into the Unfixed Future in Tokyo, 9. Fear and Trembling; a Study of Why Movies Make us Afraid

About the Author

Renée Tobe, University of East London, United Kingdom

About the Series

Ashgate Studies in Architecture

Ashgate Studies in Architecture
The discipline of Architecture is undergoing subtle transformation as design awareness permeates our visually dominated culture. Technological change, the search for sustainability and debates around the value of place and meaning of the architectural gesture are aspects which will affect the cities we inhabit. This series seeks to address such topics, both theoretically and in practice, through the publication of high quality original research, written and visual. Topics to be covered include the following: Architectural history and theory and their relationship to the development of the discipline, building conservation, heritage and creative adaptation. The formal and aesthetic values of architectural design, the diversity of its expression of identity, and its representation in other media. The impact of technological innovation on the materialisation of architecture and the questions surrounding environmental sustainability, experimentation and visionary design The social and psychological context of architectural production, its relationship to occupants, clients and to other creative and professional disciplines, and the political situation in which it is commissioned. Proposals will be welcomed which explore or connect aspects of these themes. Subjects which deal with individual architects, with specific buildings or building types, and the critical interpretation of historical and contemporary architecture from a theoretical or philosophical perspective are particularly encouraged. Architecture's embodiment of technical, social, and aesthetic aspects will also be emphasised.

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