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id d90e
authors Christenson, Mike
year 2011
title On the architectural structure of photographic space
source Architectural Science Review 54.2, 93-100.
summary The ambiguous relationship between photography and architecture is one of constructed and re-constructed identity. As a specific exploration into this relationship, this paper considers the construct of point-of-vew/field-of-view maps (or POV/FOV maps), that is, diagrams which register photographers’ positions, fields of view, and directions of view corresponding to a set of photographs of an existing work of architecture. A POV/FOV map can be expected to differ according to whether the set of photographs under consideration is (a) sampled from a image-sharing site such as Flickr; (b) published in an academic monograph; or (c) published in the popular press. This paper tests the extent and significance of these differences through a comparative study of Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall and Rem Koolhaas’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center, both at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. In both cases, POV/FOV maps are used to compare sets of professional or academic photographs to sets of touristic and popular-press ones. Reflecting the tenuous nature of architectural identity as constructed through photography, the comparison both confirms and denies assumptions concerning differences between professional and amateur approaches. The paper concludes with the speculation that tools like Google Street View are likely to further erode traditional distinctions between modes of identity-construction, in particular, those distinctions which a POV/MAP can register.
keywords Photography, visualization, Mies, Koolhaas, flickr, Google
series journal paper
type normal paper
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