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Atmospheric Interpolation: Between Film & Architecture

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posted on 2023-05-23, 23:42 authored by Huskinson-Young, Max

Throughout its history architecture has long been influenced by other disciplines. As an art, architecture primarily operates between the realm of the artist and the engineer, between the aesthetic and the practical. However, there are many similarities between architecture and a range of other fields from social sciences, to history & culture, as well as sub sections of engineering and visual art such as physics, mathematics, painting and design to name a few. A multi-disciplinary consideration of architectural thinking can help progress and understand more about architecture itself. This thesis explores this premise by investigating the relationship between architecture and cinema.

Cinema and architecture share a multitude of similarities. Specifically, they both share a fundamental correlation with space and time. However, the most important aspect of this inter-disciplinary relationship is their shared connection with our emotions. Film has aunique ability to resonate with our emotional sensibility, which offers an application to architectural design through an understanding of atmosphere.

Through an iterative design-led research, this thesis examines the atmospheric interpolation between film and architecture, through a speculative investigation of the disciplines. This research is broken up into six design phases, each varying in architectural complexity and scale, My initial design stages seek to understand cinemas possible application to architecture, by employing speculative methods of drawing and architectural modelling as tools to analyse and represent identified filmic qualities. These qualities are then explored in later phases through abstract architectural interventions, with the final stage encapsulating the findings of my design research through the design of a public scale building.

This thesis does not seek to address any problem or deliberate on any practical topic of the architectural discourse, but instead explore the idea that by looking outside of our world, we may learn something about our own.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture (Professional)

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4 Experimental research

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Wellington School of Architecture


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