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Title: Dance of architecture : choreographic and architectural movement
Author: Shastri, Devdutt
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 2967
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2010
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The aim of this thesis is to develop a theoretical framework that is based on the body and on the theme of Movement, for the analysis, interpretation and creation of Architecture. My research pro poses that Movement rather than Form may be the way forward for Architecture. A theory that is based on the experience and perception of Movement, requires a Movement-focused re-search of Architecture, and is furthered by examining the discipline that is primarily concerned with the design of human movement in space, namely Choreography. My central argument, therefore, is that there is sufficient commonality between the process of creating Architecture and that of Choreography to warrant examining principles of the latter, to advance our knowledge of the former. The term 'movement' can conjure different associations and so it is necessary to define the scope of the term as it pertains to the research at hand. This study identifies five treatments of Movement: Pictorially Affective, Literal, Animated, Choreographed and Ex pressed, which are subsets of three broad categories based on the movement of: 1 - people in space: P, A, C 2 - the building (actual) : L 3 - the building (implied) : E The thesis a) critiques the historiography of Architecture from a movement-themed perspective, and provides a brief over view of Choreographic theories about Movement, b) uses photographs, video and other digital media as tools to analyse both Architecture and dance Choreography, interpreting the treatment of Movement in Architecture, according to P/L/A/C/E and, lastly, c) the thesis explores a syncretic approach towards the making of a movement-based Architecture, informed by Choreography. Video capture and editing are among several methods explored in order to study the design of movement in an architectural con text, evidence of which is presented on an accompanying DVD.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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