East and West

Saying “Non-Western Architecture History” is like saying “Women’s Studies Department;” you grit your teeth and hope that soon there will be no need for such ridiculous terms. I was walking to the first meeting of this semester’s “non-western” (or the more politically current “global”) architecture history & theory course when a colleague asked “How are... Continue Reading →

Giraffes on Fulton Mall

Colin wasn’t sure why I got so excited when I saw his collage. The assignment was to represent ideas without representing the form of the building per say. For my student, the giraffes standing on the site have something to do with the sort of poise he wants in his tower; the image “worked” in... Continue Reading →

About Tallness

A tall building is not defined by its height or number of stories. The important criterion is whether or not the design is influenced by some aspect of "tallness." It is a building in which tallness strongly influences planning, design, construction, and use. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat “Tallness” will be the starting... Continue Reading →

Films for Documentary Lecture

Next week's discussion will be about documentaries, focusing on the following directors/films. You can use www.imdb.com to get a quick overview of what they are about. Watching or having watched any of them would be great, but I've highlighted (in bold) six that we will discuss at length. Agnès Varda, The Beaches of Agnès (2008), The Gleaners... Continue Reading →

Fayad Shahim & Dillon Keane

This is a tableaux exercise by Fayad Shahim and Dillon Keane, film seminar 2015. It was inspired by Ozu's film Late Spring (1949) and it was limited to one framed view. You can tell something is happening, although you don't know exactly what, the viewer is invited to speculate as to the specific content of... Continue Reading →

Ceiling or no ceiling

Even an abbreviated tour of the history of cinema has to include the tour the force that was Citizen Kane (as well as the accompanying book-length critique by the fabulous Pauline Kael). And to truly comprehend the huge leap that was this 1941 film we looked at The Gay Divorcee, 1934, the Fred Astaire and Ginger... Continue Reading →


Due next week, a photo-narrative, ten to fifteen well framed "still shots" that hold together as a narrative sequence (although the exact narrative can be ambiguous). It must be "inhabited space" as we defined it in class. Some examples follow: The emphasis is on "tableaux." Still camera, gravity line parallel to the sides of the... Continue Reading →

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