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Zoomscape : architecture in motion and media /
by Mitchell Schwarzer.
edition
[1st ed.]
imprint
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.
description
307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1568984413 (pbk : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.
isbn
1568984413 (pbk : alk. paper)
local note
ROM copy: Anonymous gift.
catalogue key
5151919
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mitchell Schwarzer is Chair of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts.
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This item was reviewed in:
San Francisco Chronicle, November 2004
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Summaries
Main 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 historian 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.
Main 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Railroadp. 30
Departure and Arrivalp. 40
From the Trainp. 46
The Corridorp. 56
Urban Transitp. 64
Automobilep. 70
Borderlandsp. 80
Streets and Stripsp. 88
Expresswaysp. 99
Road Feverp. 111
Airplanep. 118
Takeoff and Landingp. 127
Bird's-Eye Viewsp. 134
Straight Downp. 146
Globalismp. 156
Photographyp. 164
Front and Centerp. 172
Angles of Contextp. 178
Detailp. 188
The City Assembledp. 197
Filmp. 206
Establishing Shotp. 216
Long Looksp. 225
Disorientationp. 234
City Symphonyp. 243
Televisionp. 254
Channel Surfingp. 263
Setting the Sitcomp. 272
Streets of Surveillancep. 287
Illustration Creditsp. 307
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