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Architecture and the Moving Image
My interest in the use of video, animation and motion graphics in the generation, development and representation of architectural ideas and practices came about from an on-going critique of the standard forms of architectural production coupled with a love of film itself. The rise of digital video and computer film production and animation software has allowed access to a medium that would have previously been extremely expensive and difficult to utilise. These technologies are starting to have a significant impact throughout the architectural profession and architectural education, however they are largely deployed as representational tools once the design process is complete, whereas my interest for over twelve years has been in the use of these techniques throughout the whole design process and in the creation of alternative architectural sites and models that don’t simply reproduce the idea of building as architectures only outcome. The innovative nature of my work has placed me at the forefront of the use of the moving image in architectural education and the work I produce represents a unique position within any design programme. Throughout this time I have produced a wide variety of my own film projects, both commercial and academic, from narrative film to documentary style pieces to highly speculative ‘virtual’ conceptions of space. I have lectured widely on the use of video and animation in architectural practice and education and I have run international workshops explaining the techniques and methodologies used designing and representing architectural ideas with the moving image. These workshops provided the basis for my essay ‘Concept, Planning, Process, Realisation’ in ‘Design Through Making’ Architectural Design Vol 75.no.3 edited by Bob Sheil. For the last two years I have produced an illustrated book on my design units work, ‘The Work of Unit 15’ with an accompanying DVD, as a showcase for the innovative approach that has been developed by me at the Bartlett, this publication is something that will now become an annual occurrence. I am currently proposing a book titled ‘Design Animated: The moving image in contemporary spatial design’ to be published by Wiley, which will combine a theoretical background to the use of the moving image in design education, technical information and analysis on the production system and include specific case studies regarding the use of film and animation in the development of design projects
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