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. 

Friday, 30 March 2007

Phillippe Starck: Restaurant Teatriz, Madrid

Venezuelan comment "Nice video! Well done... The food was a nice surprise, but the Zeñoras toilets, the cherry on the cake."
American comment "Well done. i was there ages ago. glad it has held up! one of the best bathrooms in the world!"
American comment "this restaurant was amazing to eat in. like traveling back and forward in time, simultaneously (if that makes any sense)"
Linked from the Spanish site

Harvey Lonsdale Elmes: St George's Hall, Liverpool

Linked from the video site
Comment "good video, i could have said somthing about the minton tiles in the main hall"
British comment "Excellent building no wonder Prince Charles likes it.. I saw the door open the other day and thought Id sneak in. It turned out it is now open to the public and is really worth a visit"
Linked from the Liverpudlian site

Michael Wilford: British Embassy, Berlin

Austin Smith Lord: F.A.C.T. Liverpool

Linked from the site

Hans Scharoun: State Library, Berlin

Monday, 5 March 2007

Steven Holl: Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam

Linked from the U.S. site

Richard Rogers: Barajas Airport, Madrid

Australian Comment "Nice video. I'm doing a study of the airport (and the design), and its good to get a feel for the place."
Linked from the Albanian forum
Linked from the Dutch site
Linked from the Peruvian blog
Greek comment "so nice!!! bravo madrid!!!"
Spanish comment "El mas bonito del mundo"
Guatemalan comment "Muy bonito, yo voy a viajar alla el 31 de octubre y soy de Guatemala. Mira mis videos son de el REAL MADRID... Q BUEN VIDEO!!!!"
Linked from the Polish site
Filipino comment "this is a really nice creation form richard rogers. i just thought the dynamism of the airport wasn't there and that the lines were too horizontal for an airport."

K.F.Schinkel: Schauspielhaus, Berlin

Linked from the Dutch site
Linked from the Greek site

Axel Schultes: The New Chancellory, Berlin

Carl Gotthard Langhans: Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

German comment "nice video".
U.S."whos is the musical artist and name of song?"

Balsanek and Polivka: Municipal House, Prague

Linked from the Czech site
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