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The architectural image: space, movement and myth

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(Dissertation) Ph.D.
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This thesis is a descriptive analysis of the architectural image. In it, I aim to uncover some foundational principles that architects rely upon when creating architectural images. I argue why the methods architects use to communicate architectural space in images may sometimes be lacking. Architectural animations were shown to interviewed image-makers, who identified three points of criticism: (1) the restless, roaming camera; (2) the marketing myths these images portray; and (3) the lifeless spaces. I investigate the architects’ reasoning for these critiqued characteristics. I show how image-makers handle such issues. I compare similar concepts between the disciplines of architecture and image-making. In doing so, I identify and propose new patterns for spatial portrayal that architects could use. These patterns include: (1) patterns of camera movements or stillness, (2) patterns of sequencing and editing; (3) patterns of spatial construction; (4) patterns of architectural narratives; and (5) patterns of bringing space alive. By identifying these patterns, I hope to provide a first step in improving the making of the architectural image.
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Thesis advisor: Woodbury, Robert
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