‘Arquiteturas Film Festival, when architecture takes the stage in Porto,’ Daniela Silva, δημοσίευση στο CLOT Magazine [4/11/2022]
It was René Clair who claimed that the art that is closest to cinema is architecture . Since the beginning of the moving picture, film and architecture have had a close relationship. Both forms of media are cultural expressions that address the human condition through spatial narrative and are concerned with space, time, and people. Similar to a director, an architect creates realities out of fiction.
Cinema can perform as an architectural critic. Thousands of buildings have been archived, expressed, characterised, interpreted, and portrayed on film during the past 125 years. Cinema is an extensive encyclopaedia of architectural spaces, building elements, and how to use them. It is a resource that is largely underutilised while being a remarkable library of lived places and a unique repository of post-occupancy studies. The huge collections of city movies have influenced our shared urban imagination. Through a process known as cinematic urban archaeology, it is possible to excavate the invisible film layers that cinema has deposited over cities over time to trace not only the evolution of the urban fabric but also the social, cultural, and societal changes that have occurred from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
Despite having a common ancestor, photography and cinema are still ontologically distinct from one another; however, cinema, which was developed in 1895, was the first art form to reconcile the body with space successfully, and ever since, films have been used to capture our daily activities and gestures in both time and space.
Initially, cinema served as a spatial inspiration for architecture; however, this relationship has changed. Films never need to methodically demonstrate their connection to reality, even if they are a dream, because it’s always infused with a pre-existing reality, from social background to weather. Instead, we need to add time to space to comprehend architectural elements in action, and only film provides us with access to both dimensions.
Architecture requires imagination, and there are numerous sources of inspiration to investigate, from exploring new cities to drawing inspiration from nature. Can’t cinema show architecture in another way? Architecture movies can be a great source of creative inspiration. Films about architecture explore the significance of the city and its buildings. They explore the city’s relevance in our daily lives and portray cities, structures, and their creators while demonstrating how context is essential to understanding architecture. Additionally, they frequently show architects and urbanists as helpless deities whose creations take on other meanings and roles than initially intended.
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