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The Architecture of the Screen
Essays in Cinematographic Space
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ISBN 9781841507118
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Published September 2013
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Books by Graham Cairns
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With a Foreword by François Penz

With the birth of film came the birth of a revolutionary visual language. This new, unique vocabulary - the cut, the fade, the dissolve, the pan, and the new idea of movement - gave not only artists but also architects a completely new way to think about and describe the visual. The Architecture of the Screen examines the relationship between the visual language of film and the onscreen perception of space and architectural design, revealing how film’s visual vocabulary influenced architecture in the twentieth century and continues to influence it today. Graham Cairns draws on film reviews, architectural plans, and theoretical texts to illustrate the unusual and fascinating relationship between the worlds of filmmaking and architecture.

Graham Cairns’ book is an innovative and welcome addition to the dialogue between cinema and architecture. Recently established as a field of research, this interdisciplinary terrain is relevant to other disciplines beyond architecture and film. Its influence is already evident in established fields such as history, geography and cultural and language studies, but it is also gaining ground in other areas. This book is an opportunity to explore the alternative and complementary ‘intelligence’ this field opens up, and which can be injected at various stages of creative design processes. François Penz

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Chapter titles
François Penz
The cinema of the French New Wave and the illusionism of SITE architects. Les Carabiniers. 1963
The architecture of Diller and Scofidio: The screen and surveillance. Das Experiment. 2001
The “cut” in the architecture of Jean Nouvel and the scenery of Ken Adam. You Only Live Twice. 1967
The visual narratives of Resnais in the architecture of Carlo Scarpa. Hiroshima Mon Amour. 1959
Graham Cairns
German Baroque architecture and the filming of Resnais: A fusion. Last Year in Marienbad. 1961
Sigfreid Giedion, Rem Koolhaas and the fragmentary architecture of the city. Run Lola Run. 1998
The aesthetics and formalism of Godfrey Reggio in the projects of Jean Nouvel. Koyaanisqatsi. 1982
Boullée on film: An architectural cinematography. The Belly of an Architect. 1987
Playtime: A commentary on the art of the Situationists, the philosophy of Henri Lefebvre and the architecture of the Modern Movement. Playtime. 1967
Venturi and Antonioni: The modern city and the phenomenon of the moving image. Zabriskie Point. 1970
Video Installation: Hybrid Artworks
The physical experience of space and the sensorial perception of image
The physical experience of image and the sensorial perception of space
Cinematographic architecture: Exercises in theory and practice
Cinematographic space: A study of Citizen Kane
From the contradictions of film to the creativity of architecture: Design workshop
The hybridisation of sight in the hybrid architecture of sport: The effects of television on stadia and spectatorship
Cinematic movement in the work of Le Corbusier and Sergei Eisenstein
The historical construction of cinematic space: An architectural perspective on the films of Jean Renoir and Yasujiro Ozu
Cinematic phenomenology in architecture: The Cartier Foundation, Paris, Jean Nouvel
Cinematic space and time: The morphing of a theory in film and architecture
'Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.' – CHOICE, M. Nilsen

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