Zoomscape Architecture in Motion and Media

ISBN-10: 1568984413

ISBN-13: 9781568984414

Edition: 2004

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Description: Although a few among us are intrepid architectural tourists, visiting buildings and landscapes our cameras at the ready, most of us experience architecture through the windshield of a moving vehicle, the architectural experience reduced to a blurry and momentary drive-by. And the rest of our architectural "tourism" is through the images of cameras, movies, and television programs -- that is, through the lens of another's eye. Architectural hisotrian Mitchell Schwarzer calls this new mediated architectural experience the "zoomscape." In this thought-provoking book, he argues that the perception of architecture has been fundamentally altered by the technologies of transportation and the camera -- we now look at buildings, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire continents as we ride in trains, cars, and planes, and/or as we view photographs, movies, and television. Zoomscape shows how we now perceive buildings and places at high speeds, across great distances, through edited and multiple reproductions. Nowadays, our views of the architectural landscape are modulated by the accelerator pedal and the remote control, by studio production techniques and airplane flight paths. Using examples from high art and popular culture -- from the novels of Don Delillo to the opening credits of The Sopranos -- Mitchell Schwarzer shows that the zoomscape has brought about unprecedented and often marvelous new ways of perceiving the built environment.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Railroad
Departure and Arrival
From the Train
The Corridor
Urban Transit
Automobile
Borderlands
Streets and Strips
Expressways
Road Fever
Airplane
Takeoff and Landing
Bird's-Eye Views
Straight Down
Globalism
Photography
Front and Center
Angles of Context
Detail
The City Assembled
Film
Establishing Shot
Long Looks
Disorientation
City Symphony
Television
Channel Surfing
Setting the Sitcom
Streets of Surveillance
Illustration Credits
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