32BNY, in collaboration with Spirit of Space, re-launches a website dedicated to the potential of cinematic architectural discourse. Current technology allows the possibility of “a revolution in architectural discourse.”
Architecture is an art experienced in space, as well as the haptic realm of material and detail. With a video, one can argue with more than polemical words—a sense of the tactile, a sense of the spatial sequence can be a part of the argument.
In the first issue of 32BNY, launched in December 2002, we included a quote:
"Seldom is it that we are given an invitation to define our activity in a large and open space such as this paper. A floating space without moorings or markers, but you desire to hear our voices, traces of future memory, a ruin? But the suspension of our belief in the existence of the world may turn out to be a fruitful doubt. One will have to understand that building art is always the spatial execution of spiritual decisions." —Mies van der Rohe, 1926
What is “cinematic architectural discourse”? What is “videopolemic”? We do not really know. However, we begin with a tribute to Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012). He had no problem beginning when he didn’t know.