framing architectural exploration
The teaching of the architectural humanities at manchester school of architecture is characterised by a balance of traditional and innovative teaching and assessment methods developed from the research expertise of the staff. Since 2006 the medium of film has been used to broadcast undergraduate students’ experience and interpretation of the architectural and urban environment through the use of buildings as case studies.
Following seminars on the history of recent architectural debates and their representation in different media, critical responses to architecture are developed in the time and space of a 5-minute film. These student contributions are Youtube films of buildings visited on study trips principally in major European cities. The 200 plus films so far submitted in this project are discussed at seminars within the cohort. Beyond this teaching function, though, the films continue to attract international interest so far having achieved well over a quarter of a million hits. These new methods of visualizing and presenting the connections of architecture and urbanism introduce the students to the exploratory culture of the post-graduate degree, a basis which is expanded upon in future research.
The limitations of the brevity of the film format are countered by the combination of media which can be composed in the film. Avoiding the seduction of complex editing for its own sake, combinations of film and still images, computer generated models, text, narration, the architect’s testimony or that of the end user and the careful choice of music together provide an augmented architectural experience. The opportunities presented by this mediated exploration include the foregrounding of the experience of architecture over the traditional hegemony of the scholarly text, the placing of the subject building in its context and, therefore, the overcoming of the isolation of the architectural object.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Brazilian Comment "Great video! Thanks for sharing it."
Linked to a Blog from Bolivia http://mundorealjmarquitectura.blogspot.com/
Linked from the Spanish site http://www.ofertilandia.com
American Comment "great job....i'd love to see more architecture videos on youtube"
Linked from the Argentinian blog http://arquitecturamashistoria.blogspot.com/
Linked from the American site http://www.musotik.com
Linked from the German site http://www.tu-harburg.de/b/kuehn/lmvideo.html
Linked from the Spanish site http://leolo.blogspirit.com/arquitectura/
Linked from the Basque site http://arkimia.nireblog.com/
Linked from the site http://arqandutopie.blogspot.com/
Linked from the site http://news.architecture.sk
Linked from the U.S. site http://www.greatbuildings.com
Italian Comment "good video meravigliosi LED ZEPPELIN"
Monday, 26 February 2007
Linked from the Greek Blog http://datascape.blogspot.com/
Linked from the video site http://www.videoronk.com/
Linked from the German blog http://referendare07.blogspot.com/
Linked from the Portuguese / Swiss Blog http://paginapreta.blogspot.com/
U.S. comment "nicely done, I think siza would love it!"
Spanish comment "it is what i would have liked to do about this magic building and its story."
Iberian comment "Genial!"
Linked from the blog http://architectureinberlin.wordpress.com
Dutch comment "If Nature fits you out with a brain and you don't use it, is Nature to blame for its excess?"
Another Dutch comment "Such a shame not to use the building to its full potential. If I had a top job in Prada New York, I would invest a bit more time in the architecture of the building and its potential."
Linked from site http://api.u-lik.com/netvibes/utubeinter.php
Linked from the Japanese site http://www.houseco.jp/special/
Linked from the Uzbek site http://archibase.net
Linked from the Peruvian site http://www.buscatube.com
Linked from the Spanish blog http://aurora-blog.blogspot.com/
Linked from the American blog http://rafaelmarxuach.wordpress.com/
Italian comment "Very nice video! Do you know anything about the future development of Berlin?"
Portuguese comment "great work, thank you, it helped me in my architecture work for the university ehe"
German comment "ohh what a wonderful video and i think that the sony center the most wonderful building complex in the world."
British comment "Not the most inspiring of videos ............ but two awe-inspirng buildings. So far ahead of their time."
Linked from the site http://www.skyscrapercity.com
Mexican comment: Hello, I'm an architect from Mexico and I really liked the video of the Oriel Chambers, I found a building in my country very similar to the Oriel. I'm right now studying my master dregge with an investigation about the comercial architectural of the 19th century, and the Oriel Chambers is one of them, I'll be glad if you send me a copy of this video or let me download it from a website or so. Please send me an answer. Thank you, gracias."
Austrian Comment "Great video."
Linked from the video site http://video.baamboo.com/
Linked from the Argentinian site http://www.depaginas.com.ar/
Brazilian Comment "Thanks for sharing this video!"
Linked from the Dutch site http://www.digischool.nl
Linked from the Uzbek site http://www.archibase.net
Linked from the Berlin page of the site http://www.phonebookoftheworld.com/phonebookofberlin.htm
Linked from the Vietnamese site http://360.yahoo.com
German Comment "great building".
U.S. Comment "WOW!"
Linked from the Argentinian site http://architecturalvideos.blogspot.com
Linked from the Ecuadorean site http://www.arquiteorias.blogspot.com
Linked from the Spanish site http://noticiasarquitecturablog.blogspot.com
Spanish comment "..........RECUERDOS............"
Linked from the Mexican site http://arq.com.mx/
Linked from the site http://www.pcplanets.com
Linked from the U.S. site http://ecoastarchreview.blogspot.com
Linked from the blog http://architecturalvideos.blogspot.com
Linked from the U.S. site http://architecture.myninjaplease.com
Linked from the Polish site http://www.polewa.net
Chilean comment "nice work! i like it a lot........"
Linked from the Italian blog http://studentianabtorino.blogspot.com/
Linked from the German site http://www.meinvideo.org
Linked form the Korean site http://blog.naver.com
Tasmanian Comment - "Cool video , I like MVRDV works"
Linked from http://voragitectonique.vodpod.com/
Linked from the Czech blog http://stay3dayz.blogspot.com/
Barbadian Comment "good video! It gives a good idea of the building"
Argentinian Comment "Incredible.You are amazing! I am from Argentina and I love MVRDV..."
Linked from the Spanish site http://unopuntoseiscientosdieciocho.blogspot.com/
Italian Comment "great video, music's rythm goes well with image sequence. love most of mvrvd's work."