Narrating the City (Book)

Mediated Representations of Architecture, Urban Forms and Social Life

This book is interested in how film and related visual media offer insights  into the city as both a constructed object and a lived social experience. It brings together filmmakers, architects, digital artists, designers and media journalists who critically read, reinterpret and create narratives of the city.

Analyzing a variety of international films and, ultimately, placing them in dialogue with video art, photographic narratives and emerging digital image based technologies, authors explore the expanding range of "mediated" narratives of contemporary architecture and urban culture from both a media and a sociological standpoint.

 

Category: Film Studies
Series: Mediated Cities

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This book is interested in how film and related visual media offer insights and commentary on the city as both a constructed object and a lived social experience. It brings together filmmakers, architects, digital artists, designers and media journalists who critically read, reinterpret and create narratives of the city. Analysing a variety of international films and, ultimately, placing them in dialogue with video art, photographic narratives and emerging digital image based technologies, authors explore the expanding range of "mediated" narratives of contemporary architecture and urban culture from both a media and a sociological standpoint. The book can thus be said to respond to the continual dominance of filmic representations of the city in the arena of moving image technology, but identifies that in the still emerging age of our digital evolution its lessons and modes of seeing will both inform and be informed by new media. In addition to films we now experience cities - real and imagined - through visual media as diverse as smartphone screens and locative media; YouTube streaming; virtual reality and the animated environments such as Second Life to name but a few.  In the three sections of the book, authors underline the continual role of film and media in creating moving image narratives of the city, identifying how it creates cinematic - and ever more frequently digital - topographies of contemporary urban culture and architecture, re-presenting familiar cities, modes of seeing, cultures and social questions in unfamiliar ways. This filmic emphasis is placed into dialogue with a more diverse range of related visual media, which illustrates the overlaps between them and reveals how moving image technologies of all hues create unique visual topographies of contemporary urban culture and architecture. 

Shifting from the filmic, to the new age of digital image making and alternative modes of image consumption, the book not only reveals new techniques of representation, mediation and the augmentation of sensorial reality for city dwellers, but its emphasis on "narrative" also offers insights into critical societal issues. These include cultural identity, diversity, memory and spatial politics, as they are both informed by and represented in various media.

Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu is an Assistant Professor of Altınbaş University Department of Architecture. She is the Head of Department and editor of AURUM- Journal of Engineering Systems and Architecture (A-JESA). Her research interests involve the design process, computational design, representation and moving image studies in general.

Türkan Nihan Hacıömeroğlu is an Assistant Professor at Eskisehir Osmangazi University (ESOGU) Architecture Department. She has been working as an instructor for architectural design studio and various courses on architectural representation and narration in cinema and literature since 2011.

Lisa Landrum is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Researcher in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She is a registered architect in New York State and Manitoba. She holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carleton University, and a post-professional Master of Architecture and Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University.

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