Architecture Film

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Architecture Film

Vol. 3, Issue no. 1

Issue edited by Dr Igea Troiani and Professor Hugh Campbell

This aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to investigate how the now expanded field of architecture utilises film studies, filmmaking (feature film, short film, animation, stop motion animation or documentary) or video/moving image making in practice, teaching or research, and what the consequences are of this interdisciplinary exchange.

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While architecture and film have clearly distinct disciplinary outputs, the possible intersection between them is less defined even though there is considerable extant literature and research on this topic. Through this call, we seek papers that investigate the ways in which practicing architects, teachers of architecture and their students, and architectural researchers, filmmakers, animators, documentary makers, social scientists or social geographers, anthropologists, landscape architects, urban designers, interior architects and installation artists are using film uniquely in their practice. We call for explorations of the way in which film contributes to architectural and filmic practice, knowledge and design, seeing the two disciplines side by side as equal, with no prepositions suggesting a specific relationship but at the same time creating a kind of distance and difference between the two.

Call for Papers for this Issue

We invite rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating contributions that explore architecture and film through their own mode of argument – that combine text with sound or image (moving or still), or that use text or image in investigative ways. We encourage contributors to upload film, video or sound files relating to the submission, as they will be accessible via the online publication of the journal. Contributors are encouraged to submit parts of a script, storyboard, mood board or sequential video grabs from the film or video referred to in the paper. A maximum of 10 jpg images and 1 video per submission will be accepted through our on-line submission system. We want to explore how new digital technologies might impact on the form and content of an academic journal article.


Papers might address the following themes and questions:

 - Designing in Practice and Film

 Only a small number of practicing architects have made short or feature fiction films. Most practicing architects use animation or 3D visualisations ‘for demonstration or selling’ their work, or are approached by or commission documentary makers or filmmakers to make documentaries or films of their architecture. Some architects adopt a less pragmatic approach, instead electing to use film or video to focus on existential space. Select social scientists or geographers have used video to record social relations in space. While it does exist, it is less common for architects to use live action footage as a part of their fieldwork studies or design research process. What are new and original ways in which practicing designers of space can use film in their praxis? What expertise do architects need to know about filmmaking to undertake inter-disciplinary architecture film work? Can, and then how can, the making of videos or films better allow architects to understand the cultural, social and environmental context of sites to enable to them operate in a more engaging way with client/user issues? What are the virtues that film and video can bring to architectural/landscape/urban design/interior design? How can CG, VFX and animation be used inventively to contribute to the practice of architectural/landscape/urban/interior design? How can working with film or video contemporise the architect’s practice?


-       Architecture Film Pedagogy

 Within schools of architecture, it is increasingly common to see the use of experimental filmmaking or integration of film studies in the architectural design studio or for site research. Within the architectural design studio, teachers of architecture have speculated on how architecture and film might be used methodologically to change the process of design or to incorporate particular design requirements. Using animation to create animated architecture is becoming more commonplace. Students are capable of making and editing films easily and can therefore produce short films, videos and animations quickly. What are new and original ways of using film in design studio teaching? How might we better understand place, culture and identity through using film in architectural studio research? Are there truly radical ways in which film can be used in teaching about the making of space and place?


-       Architectural Research and Film

 In their analyses of commercial and art house films, theoreticians and historians regularly speculate on the ways in which film studies inform an understanding of architecture and space. An uncommon form in which film is used in architectural history research is the documentary, where oral accounts can better be recorded. Another emergent form of architectural filmmaking is in the production of short fiction films. How can making documentaries or films enhance architectural research? To what extent can researchers on architecture learn filmmaking? How have architects collaborated with film industry experts in research? What is the difference between working with real footage as opposed to fictional material in making architecture films?


The submission deadline is 10th March 2014, 5pm UK time. Accepted articles will be published in March 2015.


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