Film as a medium for unfolding the relationship between architecture and the city

Erdem, Melis
Film and filmmaking techniques are powerful mediums that could be incorporated into the architecture and the city. Film and filmmaking techniques have long been addressed and can be traced in several discussions and ideas in architecture. With the advent of digitally-driven architecture, the integration of film into other endeavors has gained new impetus, as this technology espouses the characteristics inherent in the film. However, this discourse became more profound and evolved into layers of criticism in the 1960s and 1990s and created a generic background for the digital advancements, despite the technical setbacks. This thesis aims to discover the pioneering role of film as a medium in architecture and city by revisiting three case studies in the periods between the 1960s and 1990s. This research unveils how the integration of film as a medium in architecture can contribute to the architects, designers, city planners, and researchers while designing, researching, or scrutinizing in three different ways: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour’s Las Vegas Studio (1968), Bernard Tschumi's Manhattan Transcripts (1976-1981), and Rem Koolhaas' Jussieu Libraries (1992). By revisiting the prior case studies, this thesis shows that integrating film and filmmaking techniques into architecture can produce different end-products, focus on the experience, actively interact with space, introduce new design concepts, and expand the definition of architecture.


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M. Erdem, “Film as a medium for unfolding the relationship between architecture and the city,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2021.