The Architecture of Image by Juhani Pallasmaa explores the shared experiential ground of architecture and cinema through the notion of existential space. Pallasmaa analyses films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Michelangelo Antonioni and Andrei Tarkovsky, and discusses the use of architectural imagery in evoking and maintaining specific mental states.
The book was published in 2001, and it has since become a major reference book and a sought-after treatise on architectural imagery in the arts. The Architecture of Image has been lavishly illustrated with architectural drawings, stills from films, prints of artworks, and images of architecture. The book is organised around five essays thematised as cinematic minimalism, the poetics of image, monster in the maze, the narrative in vision, and the geometry of terror. The films discussed are Rope by Alfred Hitchcock, Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky, The Shining by Stanley Kubrick, The Passenger by Michelangelo Antonioni, and The Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock.
In its inherent abstractness, music has historically been regarded as the art form which is closest to architecture. Cinema is, however, even closer to architecture than music, not solely because of its temporal and spatial structure, but fundamentally because both architecture and cinema articulate lived space. These two art forms create and mediate comprehensive images of life.
— Juhani Pallasmaa, Introduction – Lived Space in Architecture and Cinema. In: The Architecture of Image – Existential Space in Cinema, p. 13.
The copy in stock is in very good. There is only some minor shelf wear on the covers.