Video: The Glass House / Workshop “filming architecture”

Video: The Glass House / Workshop “filming architecture”

In a three-day pilot workshop, students from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo participated in an introduction to the cinema of architecture. Coordinated by architects Gabriel Kogan and Pedro Kok, the group spent a day at Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House in São Paulo after theoretical and technical conferences.

The idea was to recreate – now in moving images – an iconic photograph of the site by exploring issues of representation, transparency, interior/exterior, promenades, lifestyles and tectonics of this masterpiece. architectural.

Watch the video that was the end result of this first film architecture workshop above and read the program description below.

shooting of an architecture studio

film architecture is a traveling academic workshop on the representation and narratives of architecture, developed in partnership with schools of architecture around the world. As a final product, students will produce a short film filmed in a paradigmatic building of local modernism, coming into contact with the basic techniques of digital cinematography, with particular emphasis on architectural representation.

The activities are divided into three modules: “Represented Architecture”, “Architecture as Narrative” and “Filming Modernism”. The workshop has programs available with varying durations – depending on the availability of the partner school; one week (short), three weeks (medium) and two months (long). Architects Gabriel Kogan, Pedro Kok and Priscyla Gomes lead the program from theoretical activities to the final film project.

The workshop is aimed at all architecture students with varied interests including photography, cinematography (directing, editing, camera), scenography, theater, dance, acting, sound engineering (recording, mixing), musical composition, production, literary creation, drawing (technical or free style), history and criticism of architecture. To better develop the activities, we suggest a maximum of 15 participating students. We also welcome partnerships with architectural institutes.

Module I

“Represented Architecture” is a theoretical module on the representation of architecture in cinema, using classic films as an object of discussion and critical construction. Major productions such as those of Federico Fellini, Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock and Michelangelo Antonioni are highlighted. This module will study the different forms of architectural representations by establishing comparisons between the strategies adopted to construct moving images. This will help students begin to produce a script through short text exercises. Coordinator: Priscyla Gomes.

Module II

“Architecture as Narrative” is a theoretical module that analyzes modern architecture from its narrative perspective. The project itself is treated here as a discursive text. Brazilian architecture serves as an object of study for the fundamental questions of this module, in particular by examining the work of two architects: Paulo Mendes da Rocha – with his eminently political ideal according to which “architecture is a discourse of ‘man on himself’ – and Lina Bo Bardi – with her conceptual projection which focuses on the possible and desired uses of the space built in the post-occupation. This critical study of design reveals a possible approach to screenwriting emerging from the conceptual study of the architectural project. This strategy will be encouraged in the scriptwriting process. Coordinator: Gabriel Kogan.

Module III

“Filming Modernism”, is a practical module for the production of a film of about three minutes in a paradigmatic building of local modernism. The film will be included in the archive of the “Filming Modernism” project – made in collaboration with other schools of architecture around the world. During the process, students will come in contact with the basic concepts of screenplay development, digital photography and filmmaking, art direction, directing, acting, and filmmaking. post production. They will also learn to use basic turning aid equipment, such as mini-cranes. The activities developed in the first two modules will serve as the basis for the scenario. The film aims to treat architecture as a narrative character, with a central role in the plot. Coordinator: Pedro Kok.

For more information about the workshop, go to film architecture website.

Technical details

Title: The glass house
Year of production: 2014
Directed by: Gabriel Kogan, Pedro Kok
Release date: December 5, 2014
Duration: 2m24s
Country: Brazil
Series: Filming Architecture /
YouTube URL:
To throw: Fabiana Perazolo
Speakers: Augusto Takahashi, Fabiana Perazolo, Gabriel Ribeiro, Gabriela Estefam, Gabriela Guerra, Ludmila Daher, Natália Krislee, Nathalia Garcia, Pedro Ribeiro, Ricardo Sylos, Thais Coelho, Thais Shiozawa, Thiago Han, Victoria Braga, Vinicius Vitoriano, Yara Bello.
Soundtrack: [Piano solo–march]. (160 rpm) by Performer not given is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

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