For the first time, this book brings the insights, methodologies and visions of film to the practice of architecture.
Walls Have Feelings poses unanswered questions from our immediate past, crucial for the future of the city: what was the cultural mindset leading to the triumph of Brutalism? What is the urban and domestic impact of large scale office building? Are there alternatives to the planners' city of object? and, Why does your flat leak?
This book uniquely brings to bear questions of urgent cultural relevance on critical design decisions. As such, it is of as much importance to architects, planners and students of design, as to students of cultural history, geography and all enthusiasts of cities and of film.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How Brutalism defeated picturesque populism: parallels in film and architecture. Chapter 2: Why does your flat leak? Chapter 3: These walls have feelings: the interiors of Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. Chapter 4: Wives and Lovers: the 1960s office interiors: Alfie, The Apartment and Darling. Chapter 5: Free circulation = Free copulation: women and roads in Nana and 2 or 3 Things I Know about Her. Chapter 6: Against the city of objects: Our Mutual Friend, Mary Poppins and LA Story.
'Shonfield is an exemplary close-reader, functioning very well as literary, film and architecture critic ... The book comes highly recommended.' - Building Design