Between 2011 and 2015, I taught a class at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation called "Montage City: Filmmaking as Urban Observation," based in part on the curriculum I originally developed for LSE Cities.
The workshop seeks to encourage students of architecture, urban design, and urban planning to engage with the collection and arrangement of moving images as an exercise in interpreting the existing conditions of urban space. As a formal strategy, cinematic montage — the juxtaposition of distinct moving images to form a cohesive whole — is uniquely suited to the study of urbanism, particularly for designers learning how to propose sensitive and sophisticated interventions in the landscape.
Check out some highlights of the student work here.
Index: Teaching, Video