The architectural rationale has traditionally focused on scales to define its universe. Thus, scales and cultural constructs such as “the building,” “the city,” “the metropolis” and even “the territory” have defined architectural fundamentalisms. Urbanisation, however, demands the consideration of aesthetic, economic, environmental, political, social and technological processes manifested equally at local and global levels - from the intimacy of human passions and the privacy of interior spaces to personal data and emotions shared in public, physical, and virtual spaces. How effective are individual design efforts (such as those of design offices named after their proud founders) to address climate-related challenges that demand collective responses? How does architecture address the social dramas behind climate change, gender and social inequality or forced migration? These are, of course, rhetorical questions. In contrast, this paper explores the aesthetic sensitivity of cinema to urban phenomena. It studies the contribution of cinema to the urban project in architectural culture. The paper considers the incipient connection between Modern architecture and cinema during the first half of the twentieth century and the analytical capacity of cinema to depict urban transformations since postmodern urban thinking until today. It argues that the alliance between cinema and design can maximise the environmental and social sensitivity of architecture to address urbanisation beyond technoscientific faith.

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