Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Cinemetrics Workshop

Relation Thinking and the New Architectural Imaging System

Digital technology has become an essential part of everyday life.

It has revolutionized the way we think and act in the world, possibly bringing about a radical shift in thinking.
It is a shift from linear and objective thinking to circuit and relational thinking, from only considering the parts to regardingthe whole. As we come to terms with this paradigm shift, there are many questions that arise.

What happens when architectural drawing moves from drawing boards to computer screen? With the possibilities of new understanding, do we use digital media merely as another form of drawing andpresentation tools, or do we use it to explore a new way of thinking about architecture and cities? CINEMETRICS, a new architectural imaging system for thinking about architecture, is an attempt to answer these questions. It is based on the notion of thinking about architecture and cities not as an isolated object, but as embedded in relationships, responsive to the currentunderstanding of the nature of the world. How we respond to such question affects every aspect of our involvement in the built environment as designers, architects or planners. To shift from linear thinking to relational thinking.

The Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok will hold a one week workshop aiming at investigating these questions. The workshop encourages students from design disciplines and others to explore the possibilities of digital media as a new imaging system for thinking about architecture and cities as fields of relationships. It will act as a point of departure towards the development of new tools that leads to a new understanding of our built environment of our time.

The workshop focuses on operative concepts and investigative methods for studying architecture and cities with digital tools. Participants will be first introduced to the concept of Cinemetrics by a lecture from Brian McGrath (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University), followed by a movie session that resonate the idea. This will serve as a point of departure into discussion about the concept of Cinemetrics. Participants will then test the idea by conducting field studies on architecture and urban space with the help of digital tools. Finally, they will be asked to produce a final outcome of their investigation in any form presentation using 2D, 3D or 4D software.

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