Intensification and Intimacy: An Examination of Charles and Ray Eames's Film, Blacktop: A Story of the Washing of a School Play Yard (1952)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Through a close reading of Blacktop: A Story of the Washing of a School Play Yard (1952), this paper aims, like the film, to suggest an urbanism of heightened sensation. An everyday material and action is intensified through a combination of staged and found circumstance. Intimacy is evoked through manipulation of visual and aural components of the cinematography. Close attention to the film reveals strategies for flattening, heightening and overlay that enable the imagination to shift temporally and materially between the solidified wash and ambiguous urbanity of 1950s asphalt to the particular qualities of often overlooked neighbourhood spaces, offering potential escape from mundanity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-130
Number of pages12
JournalArchitectural Theory Review
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Intensification and Intimacy: An Examination of Charles and Ray Eames's Film, Blacktop: A Story of the Washing of a School Play Yard (1952)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this