Film analysis of unbuildable architectural speculations


A cross-disciplinary method of interpreting visionary architectural projects

Film analysis of unbuildable architectural speculations


A cross-disciplinary method of interpreting visionary architectural projects
Visionary architectural projects can be regarded as texts of culture, interpreted on the basis of cinematic visualization strategies and narratives/scripts employed in their creation, so as to provide a better understanding of the social and technological changes..
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The emerging concepts of (big) data visualization, augmented reality, and Internet of Things opened up a new understanding of architectural space as a dematerialized, dynamic, and user-dependent concept. Architectural animations, aside from more traditional paper-based projects, came to support themselves on literary influences (utopian and science-fiction texts, harvesting them for narrative structures, plot elements, ideas), cinematographic and film editing strategies, while calling upon the ambiguity of representation (optical illusions). Analysing and interpreting unbuildable architecture from these perspectives, as a text of culture, can provide an insight into the qualitative change, as well as give a time-based account of these projects, regarded not as failed schemes, but literary, visual, and para-cinematic works that critically examine current socio-technological changes. This way, they become invested with representational “metadata” and inscribed with patterns of use.


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Maciej Stasiowski
Kazimierza Sprawiedliwego 3/4
Pszczyna
Poland
Born in 1985 (Pszczyna), Stasiowski is a graduate of film studies, currently completing his PhD at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. He has published a book on the cinema of Peter Greenaway, as well as series of articles on visionary architecture in ARCH magazine, aside from a number of film and architecture-related academic papers. The latest research on the mediatized aspects of speculative architectural projects, has been devoted to the tradition of theoretical and utopian works.

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