Cinematic City : a factory that generates experience through crossing thresholds
The project draws parallels between film and architecture by engaging and addressing the complex and interwoven relationships between the virtual world of film and the built environment in order to form a type of cinematic architecture which allows us to read and experience the city in a different way.
When watching a film, the absence of visual continuity seems natural, since we perceive the film narrative through fragments. This is similar to how we perceive visual reality. When the human eye blinks it too creates visual fragments, which our brain then links together.
Since visual discontinuity is natural to human’s perception and experience, the project explores whether the technique of montage could be applied to architectural design in order to create a coherent whole.
Film editing is the linear assembly of myriads of film fragments, that if viewed individually can have a certain meaning designed to invoke a particular feeling in the viewer. However, when these same shots are spliced together in a particular sequence they create a continuous narrative or can even change the narrative, when moved deliberately within the sequence.
In a similar way to montage, I started to work on the interaction of sequential drawings.
Originally, I created a horizontal plain that the ‘director’ can move through seamlessly that the audience can more through seamlessly, but through the process of production, is broken down into a world consisting of performance spaces, separated by doors. In this process, I created a path in which the viewer travels from door to door, room to room and creates one continuous narrative, which is similar to the making of a film.
On a later stage, I started to create drawings in which two different drawings coexist, that form a shape, having as common reference point an axonometric horizontal plain.
Drawings of multiple scales e.i a drawing of an elevator 1:…. scale placed next to a tatami room 1:…. scale that together they form a perspective room, or a drawing of a block of stores 1:…. scale placed next to a courtyard 1:…. scale that even though they are really different individual drawings placed next to each other they create a complete image. Seeing this image through a rendered view you think that you are in one place but at the same time you can be in another one.
Finally placing all these fragments of different scale drawings next to each other you form a bigger building-image that exists harmonically eventhought it can transform you on many different places simultaneously.
Each of these drawings can have multiple readings according to the emotional state that a person has when seeing them. The relationship between horizontal plain and vertical plain is defined now through scale