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Title: Ten windows following Christian Norberg-Schulz : framing, mobility and self-reflection explored through the fenestral essay film
Author: Andersen, Anna Ulrikke
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 5401
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis investigates the window in the life and work of Christian Norberg-Schulz, aiming at finding new nuances and ambiguities within his existing oeuvre, and questioning my own position as a 'follower' of Norberg-Schulz. Taking the window as both literal and figurative, I ask in what ways the window can become a tool for investigating Norberg-Schulz's concept of mobility and his theory of place through the fenestral essay film - specifically through mobility, framing and self-reflection. Norberg-Schulz's theory of genius loci - the spirit of the place - has been widely discussed and critiqued (Loevland 2009; Otero-Pailos, 2010; Wilken 2013). Yet, no one has yet looked at the role of the windows in his life and work, and specifically in his theory of genius loci: which is surprising because he describes the window as the place where "the genius loci is focused and 'explained'"(Norberg-Schulz, 1980: 179). I argue therefore that the window plays a vital role both in Norberg-Schulz's life and work, particularly related to his reading of the work of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Through oral history, site-visits, close-readings of texts, archival research, film-making and essay writing I follow Norberg-Schulz's window on a return journey between Norway and Italy. Building upon existing methodologies of Jane Rendell's site-writing as a critical spatial practice (Rendell: 2010) combined with the genre of the essay film (Corrigan: 2011; Rascaroli: 2017) and architecture essay film (Haralambidou: 2016) I consider how the window features both literally and figuratively in a series of fenestral essay films which explore mobility, framing and self-reflection conceptually, visually and spatially. Introduced through an itinerary, and concluding with a framework and reflections, this thesis is located at the junction between film-making and architectural history, presented through 10 Windows, each one comprising an essay and a film.
Supervisor: Rendell, J. ; Thomson, C. C. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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