Sunday, February 12, 2012

I Finally Saw Pina

I finally saw the movie Pina, Wim Wenders' tribute to the late Pina Bausch.  The movie came so close to never happening, with Wenders wanting to cancel the filming after Bausch's death.  Yet here it is, in all its beauty, and I am thankful that it came together in the end.  You can read the full story here, and also listen to an interview with Wim Wenders on the making of the movie.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bjork at Hall of Science

Play this video, watch it, and look through the photos.  Then try to put them all together.  That will only give you 1/100th of an idea of how cool it was to see Bjork performing her new album, Biophilia, in the Hall of Science in Queens.

Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, but they were taken covertly on my phone (as it was technically forbidden to take photos).

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Do You Like Going To The Movies?

Alright folks, I've been out of the country for the last month, which explains why I haven't posted anything in a while.  The time has come where I can finally say that I am in my LAST semester of architecture school!  Before launching into a long post about what I'm going to do for my thesis, here's the final results of the previous semester.  Click here to read previous posts about the project.

Our given program was to design a film house.  Its requirements were to include indoor and outdoor movie theaters, cafe/restaurant space, retail space, administrative space, a film archive, and any other components we might want to add.  The way we interpreted the program was left open.

I was interested in questioning the way movie theaters are designed and the way we watch movies in the 21st century, mainly because I hate going to the movie theaters and would rather watch something at home.  This got me thinking...why would anyone actually want to go to the movie theater when they could watch a movie at home, where they can be free, on the couch or bed, in their pajamas or nothing at all, with whomever they want or no one at all, eating whatever they want, and not sitting in an ugly, poorly designed multiplex franchise theater?  Its a good question - one that we as architects should be asking ourselves about this relatively  new typology.  In fact, the movie theater typology was taken from the vaudeville and opera theaters of the past, with the only change being that of a screen and projector room.  Perhaps its time for a more thoughtful approach.

I'm not saying that my building answers the question, but I hope its a start.  Or at the very least a conversation opener about the subject.

My movie theater essentially contains five different types of movie watching opportunities, ranging from the most interactive and social to the most private and intimate.  They are as follows:

1. Communal Theater - most similar to a traditional movie theater, with opportunities to move the furniture around and create clusters of seats.  Seats include couches of varying sizes and armchairs.

2. Garden Theater - An outdoor theater, enclosed by walls, situated in a garden.

3. Private Party Theaters - A series of smaller spaces, each for 8-10 people, to be used for private parties.

4. Restaurant/Video Art Theater - A restaurant whose walls are used for the display of video art.

5. Private Bedroom Theaters - A series of bedroom sized spaces for spending the night, watching movies in the room, with balconies overlooking the communal theater.

Click on images to enlarge.  Leave a comment and let me know your own thoughts on going to the movies.