History: Architecture and Film
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5052
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Like water to fish, and air to us land animals, the built environment escapes the attention of most: it seems just something that surrounds us. But indeed design acts both as a director and as an actor within the spatial drama of life. The experience of bodies in space is enacted through the performance of interiority and exteriority, in both the social and psychological sense, which is ever played out in spatial and temporal ways. Thus design can learn from a variety of performative media (films, cartoons, drama), and within this seminar —through the close analysis of films and buildings — we will explore the ways design elements can be more engagingly developed as characters, as actors within the spatial drama of interiors and exteriors. Beginning with some historical precursors of performative design and proceeding to the most contemporary examples of architecture, this elective course will focus on your own analysis of these performative techniques in the film and building of your choice.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Pre-requisitie(s): none; Open to: All university students.