A reflection on cinematic architecture through light, poetic imagery, narrative and social issues


  • Keiichi Ogata Cinématic Architecture Tokyo

    Keiichi Ogata, educator, architect and urbanist based in Tokyo and Director of Cinématic Architecture Tokyo. He studied in the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA Diploma Hons 1996). His research interests are film, architecture, art and sub-cultures. http://keiichiogata.space/ 




aesthetics of light, architect in film, cinema and architecture, narrative, social issue


The Light and its Disappearance in the Darkness; The chapter begins with the question of what can be found in the integration of architecture and cinema and continues exploring light in the context of cinematic architecture theory. This is followed by a discussion of the illusions of light that emerge in spaces where cinema and architecture meet. The thought then reaches Paul Virilio's conception of the aesthetics of architecture as a metaphor for cinema from the experience of space, the image of disappearance. It suggested I make a film work, 'Hiroshima Through Light', in the AA. The Experimentation in the AA Diploma Unit 3; This chapter describes the exploration of cinematic architecture under the tutelage of Pascal Schöning, a unit master of the AA, which includes philosophy, aesthetics, and challenges to urban and social issues, along with his unique methodology. He explains to his former students the importance of a more philosophical approach to the notion at the end of Diploma Unit 3. That is when I see Juhani Pallasmaa's description of the need for architects to look at people's daily lives and society through a phenomenological approach, like filmmakers. My awareness moves on to a study of the architects depicted by filmmakers. Image of Architects Depicted in Film; The images of architects in the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, Terrence Malick and Hirokazu Kore-eda are discussed. It indicates that they are entrusted with a role of building human relationships. Cinématic Architecture Tokyo; This chapter outlines activities in Japan that are being rolled out in the form of workshops, lectures and exhibitions to develop the theory of cinematic architecture. The theme of the workshops held in the Hokuriku region was the revitalisation of declining local urban communities, which is also related to the previous chapter on “building human relationships”. This year, the projection attempted to embody poetic images to illuminate memories that are being lost. Conclusion; In addition to reflecting on essential elements such as the aesthetics of disappearing light, memory, history, poetic imagery, narrative and social issues, adding a focus on the significance of communication design, fields of sense and spatial quality, could bring new perspectives to the integration of architecture.    


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How to Cite

Ogata, K. (2022). A reflection on cinematic architecture through light, poetic imagery, narrative and social issues. Journal of Design for Resilience in Architecture and Planning, 3((Special Issue), 09–28. https://doi.org/10.47818/DRArch.2022.v3si068



Cinema and Architecture