Cinématic Architecture Tokyo (aka CAT) has been active since 2009 and is a non-profit collective seeking for new expressions and urban and community design by integrating architecture with film as well as urbanism, art and literature. They brought an academic theory called Cinématic Architecture from United Kingdom and has referred to the study of cultural representation which was developed in Japanese academic institutions as well. The members are architect, filmmaker, artist and designer and they idealise the concept as sparkle of inspiration generated by impetus of co-working in admixture and diversity with different professions and areas. CAT has been developing the idea by experimental workshops, studies and practical events, etc having people from many nationalities and different areas of specialities. The CAT’s events are opened to everyone regardless of their expertises, skill set and experiences.
1. Fusional thoughts for experimentation film with architecture
Focusing on architecture and film which are completely different media at first glance in particular by fusing and deepening the meaning the narrative and the construction, we are exploring and experimenting the theory and the new media created by these approach. It is, so to speak, a work to define Cinématic Architecture.
2. Expanding the possibilities of new design by connecting multiple genres
Like architecture, urban planning, film, art, literature, anime, Manga, design and philosophy … there are things we can refer the process in other fields each other and possibly deal with in universal ways in the process of development and conceiving. We are seeking for possibilities of compositive solutions to the problems by collaboration crossing different genres.
3. Emphasising "process-oriented" design development design development
We emphasis "rocess-oriented" design development especially the process from observation, interpretation, finding motivation, development to conclusion. We believe that set up the assuredness and importance of the project and to be an suitable appearance to come out. We are through the workshop methodology with such a consequence, in other words, we believe the philosophy, “an excellent work comes from an excellent process."
4. Presenting social and urban visions
Our works are aiming at not only personal design and artistic exploration but also interests and approaches to social urban issues. They will possibly be a presentation to give visions onto cities as urban planning and community design no matter how big or small they are.