New Cinematic Cities: Animating the Digital Image of the City 2010

Cinema and the modern city have been linked to each other as emblems of modernity. While cities like New York and the way we use them have changed relatively little, today’s digital imaging technologies like Google Earth have opened radically new possibilities for looking at and thinking about cities. What has been missing is a new cinematic language for the city that exploits these new modes of representation.
In this class students appropriated images and ‘footage’ from Google Earth to create short 3 ½ minute animated films that explore the contemporary city and its unique manifestation through readily available digital imaging technologies. They explored various strategies for linking image, sound and text, in an attempt to develop a cinematic language for this new digital image of the city.



John Zissovici
Associate Professor
Cornell Department of Architecture

John Zissovici received his bachelor’s and master’s of architecture from Cornell University. He teaches architectural design and courses that deal with the impact of digital media on architectural thinking. His current research on imagescape urbanism in Google Earth, brings into alignment his various teaching interests.

Yanni A. Loukissas
Visiting Lecturer
Cornell Department of Architecture

Yanni Alexander Loukissas teaches design theory and studio, with a focus on computational methods. He holds a Ph.D. in design and computation from MIT, as well as a Master of Science in architecture studies, also from MIT, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell. He has written and lectured extensively on the culture of computation in architecture and related fields.