This exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture explores how different elements of film — images, storyboards, scripts, and audio — were able to generate a new language for architecture in the work of Alessandro Poli, Italian architect, designer, artist, and member of Superstudio from 1970 to 1972. It includes storyboard and collage elements from projects including Poli’s Master’s thesis Comune di Modena. Consorso di idee per un parco urbano intito lato alla resistenza [Municipality of Modena: Ideas Competition for an Urban Park Dedicated to the Resistance] (1969–1970), and Supersuperficie[Supersurface] (1971–1972).
The works reflect how, alongside a growth in decentralized, experimental, and underground cinema at the end of the 1960s and in the early 1970s, many groups operating in the field of architecture – such as Superstudio, Studio 9999, and Ant Farm – explored the short film as a medium to expand architectural discourse, embed their projects with bold reflections and projections of society, and communicate with a broader audience through references to popular culture. The exhibition also offers insights into how the use of film-as-a-design-tool contributes to ongoing discussions on how to narrate ideas about architecture in an increasingly visual and image-dependent culture.