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More Lasting than the Effects Achieved by a Gun:
The Cinematic Architecture of Lebbeus Woods
Eliyahu Keller
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This paper examines Lebbeus Woods’ 1988 project “Underground Berlin” and a corresponding film script coauthored by Woods, in an exploration into affinities between cinematic thinking and architectural imagination. Placing Woods’ professional and theoretical engagement with film within the constellation of discourses regarding film’s relationship with the built environment, this paper posits “Underground Berlin” as a unique example in which architectural representation, cinema, and storytelling come together in the imagination of futures and offer a renewed capacity for architecture to operate politically in the world.

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