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The Faculty of Interior Architecture / Product Design
2019-2020

SFA-35 | Photography

Department: Study of Form and Ambience
Course Leader:
arh. Andrei Mărgulescu
Learning outcomes:
The course gives to the student group basic elements for an architectural and urban appropriation process using the photographic instrument, embodied in a series of personal photographic projects that have a goal beyond the individual scale: a compared analysis at the group, team scale. Photography has the ability of documenting or interpreting reality and we will follow this quality in each student’s unique ability to incorporate in his approach the narrative or the creative, fictional dimension related to the architectural space. The course finality refers to photographical projects done by each student that will be ,,built’’, developed, in the context of the whole group activity.
Content:
1. theme presentation
2. a presentation of several ways of photographing architecture, related to the course theme: document,
abstraction, fiction
3. urban exploration and occasionally taking photographs
4. urban exploration and occasionally taking photographs
5. team analysis of possible approaches for the personal projects
6. urban photographic session
7. urban photographic session
8. team presentation and analysis of photographs taken during the urban sessions
9. urban photographic session
10. urban photographic session
11. team presentation and analysis of photographs taken during the urban sessions
12. urban photographic session – final synthesis of each photographic project
13. selection of a representative and coherent photographic series for each student
14. course conclusion – compared critical analysis of the student’s approaches
Teaching Method:
Courses with projected examples, urban explorations and photographical sessions done together, common discussions about the starting points of the student’s photo projects, group analysis of these approaches, course conclusion common session and compared view of the student’s approaches and results, the use of a web group to bring together, synthetize and active interpretation of the student’s work, done primarily by the students themselves.
Assessment:
The presence and active participation at the course (40%) + Evaluating a photographic final project described by a written essay, finalized in the exams session (60%)
Bibliography:
BARTHES Roland, Camera luminoasă, col. Balcon, ed. Idea Design & Print, Cluj, 2009
LYNCH Kevin, Imaginea Orasului, Registrul Urbanistilor din Romania, Bucuresti, 2012
PALLASMAA Juhani, Privirea care atinge – Arhitectura si simturile, Editura Fundatiei Arhitext Design, Bucuresti, 2015
SONTAG Susan, Sur la Photographie, Collection Choix-Essais, Christian Bourgois
editeur, Paris, 2000
Notes:
The use of a web group to bring together, synthetize and active interpretation of the student’s work, done primarily by the students themselves, is a strong working instrument and a place where we will create various possibilities to let each student to have a personal and analytical contribution to the common, team approach. The student’s activities on this web group will be integrated into the final evaluation at the ,,active participation’’ criteria.
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