Over the last few years, architectural film-making has come into its own. There are now architecture film festivals in major cities all around the world. Many films are ground-breaking in the way that they go beyond a focus on the architectural object and show in real ways how buildings are occupied and shape lives. However, most are narrative driven and sit within a conventional structure made for cinematic release.
In this paper I focus on the type of short films that are less easily defined, often finding their natural outlet online, or within spaces of exhibition, as well as being shown at screenings and film festivals. The possibility for these short-form videos to be shared online, disaggregated and tagged on social media platforms give them the potential to inform a new type of architectural engagement and critique, alongside shaping a more fine-grained form of urban reportage.
Cowlard, David. ‘Short-form Video and the Possibilities for a New Architectural Criticism.’ In: Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 14. Moving Images – Static Spaces.
Altınbaş University, Istanbul, Turkey. 12 – 13 April (2018). pp.[16-24]
Editor. Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu. ISSN 2398-9467