This seminar will look at architecture in and through mass media in the 20th century, in relation to theories of perception, to architectural abstraction, to the history of media (photography, film, journalism, and now digital media), and to contemporary theories of vision and visuality. While a recent spate of monographs and studies on the subject has opened a legitimate area of historical consideration, so far very little has been done to analyze the role of photography in the larger project of modern architecture. Important questions await further study. Some of these are:
- What specific roles did architectural photography play in constructing our understanding of modern architecture?
- What distinguishes photographic experience from architectural experience, photographic space from architectural space?
- How do digital modeling techniques and new representational strategies affect the relationship between image and architecture?
- How, within the confines of the university, can this problem be studied without resort to the same mechanisms that here await deconstruction?